Ron believes the American people should have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court Justice. Senator Feingold is flip-flopping by calling for a vote on any nominee by President Obama, after filibustering an up-or-down vote on Justice Alito.
“If President Obama were to actually nominate a justice that had that type of judicial philosophy, that kind of modesty, that kind of restraint, you know, we could confirm him,” Johnson said. “But I really seriously doubt President Obama will do that.”
His Senate campaign is enjoying pointing out that his likely Democratic rival, former senator Russ Feingold, is wildly hypocritical: He’s now saying there “absolutely should be a vote” on any Obama nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, even though Feingold supported filibustering to prevent an up-or-down vote on then-President Bush nominee Samuel Alito.
Russ Feingold says he believes “elections have consequences.”
At least that’s what the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in scolding Republican U.S. senators for being “irresponsible” in their call to wait until after the 2016 presidential election to take up the question of replacing conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
Feingold is part of the liberal “Do your job” crowd self-righteously demanding the Republican-controlled Senate stop all of its “obstruction” and vote up or down on an Obama nominee. Feingold, bidding to take back the Senate seat he had held for 18 years, aimed his political ire at the man who took it from him in 2010: Sen. Ron Johnson.
Except Feingold and friends forget that Feingold in 2007 was among a gang of 24 Senate Democrats who played the obstructionist role they sound so indignant about now.
“Like a true career politician, Senator Feingold is calling for a vote when it benefits him, after filibustering against holding an up-or-down vote on Justice Alito when it didn’t,” Reisinger said.
Feingold’s campaign did not immediately respond to Wisconsin Watchdog’s question: “How does Sen. Feingold square his recent statements with an action that would seem to stand in conflict?”
The short answer is the left, like Roald Dahl’s Veruca Salt, wants it now. They know the numbers, that Obama’s nominee would shift the balance on the court to a left-leaning majority.
Feingold and friends knew the numbers in 2006, too, and that’s why they fought so hard to extend debate indefinitely, to obstruct an up or down vote on Alito. Obama’s secretary of State, then-Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, led the filibuster effort. At the time, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were all on board the Supreme Court nominee filibuster train.
Vice President Joe Biden took the same position in 1992 that many Republicans are now taking. Biden, who was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called for delay.
“It is my view, that if a Supreme Court justice resigns today or tomorrow or within the next several weeks … President (George H.W.) Bush should consider following the practice of a majority of his predecessors and not, NOT, name a nominee until after the November election is completed,” Biden said.