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Meanwhile, back at Rancho Relativism…

Posted by The Curmudgeon on April 13, 2010

“Leaky” Leahy does an about-face

Appearing last Sunday on Meet the Press, Sen. Patrick “Leaky” Leahy (D-VT) weighed-in on the coming confirmation hearings for the Obama regime’s as-yet-unnamed nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens—and furnished grist for the “It’s all relative” mill:

“Look, the Constitution says that 51 senators can confirm somebody. It doesn’t require 60 senators. I don’t think there’s going to be any kind of a filibuster. You know, this last year we had about 100 and some-odd filibusters that–totally unprecedented. Actually, that’s the lazy person’s way out. The American people pay us and, and elect us to vote yes or no, not to vote maybe. Every time you have a filibuster, you’re saying, ‘I’m not going to vote yes or no, I’m going to vote maybe.’ That’s irresponsible.”

Hmmmm. And what did he have to say about filibusters and the nuclear option back when the Democrats were the minority party? Let’s check the Congressional Record archives for April 6, 2005:

“Eliminating the filibuster by the nuclear option would violate and destroy the Constitution’s design of the Senate as an effective check on the executive. The elimination of the filibuster would reduce any incentive for a President to consult with home-State Senators or seek the advice of the Senate on lifetime appointments to the Federal judiciary. It is a leap not only toward one-party rule and absolute majoritarianism in the Senate but to an unchecked executive.”

Interesting. File this one under “Things that are only wrong when the other guy does it.”

For those who are short of memory, Leahy is the same guy who was hell-bent on crucifying whoever he could during the Valerie Plame “outing” fiasco—apparently forgetting that he earned the derisive nickname “Leaky” following his forced departure from the Senate Intelligence Committee after finally admitting (he initially denied it) that he’d leaked classified information to the press. (Though never confirmed publicly — possibly owing to security considerations — it’s been widely accepted that his actions resulted in the death of at least one covert agent.)

But…it’s all relative—right?



One Response to “Meanwhile, back at Rancho Relativism…”

  1. Laura S said

    Could probably do the same for almost any statement being made now to defend positions that were the opposite in the prior administration.

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