It was nice to see President Obama get caught looking on a curveball thrown by a reporter yesterday regarding his 2006 filibuster of Samuel Alito.
Obama was caught sufficiently off guard for White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest to issue a statement that the President “regrets” his action. Of course, Earnest being anything but also said that Obama’s opposition to Alito was based on substance as if he and Democrats have a monopoly. If Obama’s opposition to Alito was grounded in substance then why express any kind of regret at all?
What it comes down to is that it is acceptable for Senate Democrats to filibuster Republican judicial nominees, but obstructionist if Senate Republicans filibuster Democrat judicial nominees. Obama’s “regret” for his participation in the Alito filibuster is one of convenience. But isn’t it always a matter of convenience for Democrats? Just ask Hillary about her private e-mail server.
All of which makes me wonder if in 10 years from now if Obama will say he “regrets” missing Justice Scalia’s funeral.