Obama’s Nonsensical Criteria

If President Obama hopes to win Republican votes for his Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, he better hope that GOP Senators approach matters differently than Senator Obama did. Obama, of course, opposed the nominations of both John Roberts and Samuel Alito – and, in fact, said he would join in a filibuster of Alito. It’s worth recalling what Obama said in stating his opposition to Roberts (his case against Alito was almost identical):

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind Judge Roberts is qualified to sit on the highest court in the land. Moreover, he seems to have the comportment and the temperament that makes for a good judge. He is humble, he is personally decent, and he appears to be respectful of different points of view. It is absolutely clear to me that Judge Roberts truly loves the law…

The votes against Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito were, in my judgment, irresponsible. They were driven, I suspect, by one of two factors (or a combination of them). The first may have been rank partisanship. Obama was eager to gain the support of liberals in anticipation of his run for the presidency, and this is a vital issue for Democratic activists. The second option is that Obama believes in the argument he is making.