[Ed. – Because it wasn’t about blocking blocking them, it was just about blocking them. Of course, Schumer’s 2007 argument is precisely relevant. No Republican is making the straw man argument that Obama doesn’t have a “right” to nominate. Republicans are making the same argument Schumer made about Bush: that Obama’s track record is one of being ideologically extreme, and there won’t be a nominee from him that the country can live with. Since the election is coming up this year, it’s a better service to the republic to not confirm a ninth justice before 2017.]
Sen. Chuck Schumer says Republicans should not cite a speech he gave in 2007 when explaining why they will block President Barack Obama’s pending nominee to the Supreme Court.
That’s his videotaped speech in which he promised to block President George W. Bush’s nominees to the Supreme Court, and in which he urged other Democratic Senators to block Bush’s nominees.
Quoting his own words back at him is “comparing apples to oranges,” says Schumer, who is expected to become the leader of the Democratic Senators in 2017. …
Schumer writes now that the argument he made in his 2007 speech was “based on hard right ideologues who did not follow precedent being approved to the court; not on a president’s right to nominate, but on the Senate’s right to advise and consent once a full confirmation process, as outlined in the Constitution, was undertaken by the Senate.”