04/04/2017

Flashback: When Feinstein Said You Can't Filibuster A SCOTUS Nominee Just Because You Disagree With Him [Watch]

Matt Vespa, Townhall

What happened to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)? She used to be rational when it came to Supreme Court nominations. In 2006, when Senate Democrats were mulling what to do with Judge Samuel Alito (now Justice Alito), the California Senator told Bob Schieffer, then-host of CBS’ Face The Nation, that a filibuster of Alito would be unlikely because you can’t just block a Supreme Court nominee just because you disagree with him or her.

BOB SCHIEFFER: “Are your concerns strong enough, Senator, then that you would support a filibuster to block him?”

DIANNE FEINSTEIN: “I do not see the likelihood of a filibuster to be very candid with you. I don't see those kinds of egregious things emerging that would justify a filibuster. 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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