Senator Diane Feinstein in 2006:

“…I think when it comes to filibustering a Supreme Court appointment, you really have to have something out there–whether it’s gross moral turpitude or something that comes to the surface. Now, I mean, this is a man I might disagree with. That doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be on the court.”

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Yes, the president actually said that he understands why Republicans don’t want to confirm a new Supreme Court Justice this year.

His empathy was not his knee-jerk reaction. His knee-jerk reaction, of course, was to demonize Republicans…

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“Democrats blew the opportunity that the American people gave them. We took their mandate and put all of our focus on the wrong problem: Healthcare reform…it wasn’t the change we were hired to make.”

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