New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a powerful member of the Democratic leadership, said Friday the Senate should not confirm another U.S. Supreme Court nominee under President Obama “except in extraordinary circumstances.”
“We should reverse the presumption of confirmation,” Schumer told the American Constitution Society convention in Washington. “The Supreme Court is dangerously out of balance. We cannot afford to see Justice Scalia replaced by another Stephens, or Justice Alito by another Ginsberg.”
Well okay, that’s not quite what he said on this morning’s news programs, when he called for the Senate to give genuine consideration to whomever Obama selects, it’s what he said (with some Justices’ names reversed) back in 2007, when Bush had 18 months left in his term, and Schumer didn’t want to see any Supreme Court vacancies filled during that period.
There’s nothing unexpected about political hypocrisy – in fact, the Republicans are all over the networks this morning too, staking out the 2007 Schumer position, but it can cause one to sigh.