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FLASHBACK: Another Dem Senator Promised To Block Bush Supreme Court Nominees

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Evan Gahr Investigative Journalist
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Some Democrats yelping about Republicans’ determination to prevent Barack Obama from replacing the late Justice Antonin Scalia have mighty short memories.

First, Senator [crscore]Charles Schumer[/crscore] (D-NY) blasted Senate Majority Leader [crscore]Mitch McConnell[/crscore] (R-KY) for “obstructionism” because he vowed to prevent a vote on anybody the president selects.

Except as the Daily Caller News Foundation quickly pointed out, Schumer in 2007 encouraged Democrats to reject almost anybody George W. Bush selected for the Supreme Court during the rest of his term.

Now, it turns out that former Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), who has been lecturing “irresponsible” Republicans on their “obligation” to vote on an Obama nominee was open to filibustering Bush’s 2005 selection of Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court

The spunky America Rising Super PAC noted Tuesday that Feingold said in 2005 he would not take filibustering Alito “off the table” because “it’s my right as a senator and it’s an important right.”

Of course, with Obama given an unexpected opportunity to tilt the Court left-wing Democrats no longer favor equal rights.

Evan Gahr