Sunday, January 29, 2006

Obama says the democrats sucked during Alito hearings.

Politics: But he will pass the symbolic filibuster vote anyway, but it's just for show.

WASHINGTON - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said he would vote Monday to filibuster Judge Samuel Alito's confirmation to the Supreme Court, but he conceded the effort would be futile and criticized Democrats for failing to persuade Americans to take notice of the court's changing ideological face. "The Democrats have to do a much better job in making their case on these issues," Obama said Sunday on ABC News' "This Week." "These last-minute efforts - using procedural maneuvers inside the Beltway - I think has been the wrong way of going about it." Despite his criticism, Obama announced his intention to support the maneuver designed to block - or delay - Alito's confirmation this week. The movement, which was launched by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., appeared to lack the 41 senators needed to be successful. Alito, a federal appeals court judge, is poised to succeed retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. The Senate is scheduled to cast a final vote on Alito's confirmation Tuesday. The threat of a filibuster emerged late last week after liberal activists accused Democratic senators of failing to vigorously oppose Alito's ascension to the Supreme Court. After Kerry began the effort, several liberal groups mounted a campaign by Internet, telephone and fax to persuade other senators to follow suit. "I will be supporting the filibuster because I think Judge Alito, in fact, is somebody who is contrary to core American values, not just liberal values," Obama said. "When you look at his decisions - in particular, during times of war - we need a court that is independent and is going to provide some check on the executive branch." But in the next breath, Obama criticized the merits of a filibuster. The senator has worked to avoid being portrayed as walking in lock step with Democratic partisans, but at the same time he is seeking to be responsive to a core constituency. "We need to recognize, because Judge Alito will be confirmed, that, if we're going to oppose a nominee that we've got to persuade the American people that, in fact, their values are at stake," Obama said. "And frankly, I'm not sure that we've successfully done that."
Besides the fact Obama is learning the art of senatoral fence sitting with astounding quickness there are two ways to look at his statement. He believes the democrats didn't make their "case" against Alito because of the press muggers like Biden and Kennedy taking up too much time for their own good. He can't say it that way in public, but this pushes the point. The second is he believes they tried their best, but did not do a good job making a "case" against Alito and they need to work on delivery skills better. The third option which he can't say, but gould be thinking is that they didn't have a case to make against Alito. He wasn't a Robert Bork and their attacks not only didn't resonate with the public, but in some parts turned the public towards Alito. Now all he is doing is trying to save face.

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