President Obama recently said Senate Republicans are obligated by the U.S. Constitution to act on his nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, claiming “we’ve almost gotten accustomed to how obstructionist the Senate has become when it comes to nominations.”
“The Constitution is pretty clear about what is supposed to happen,” Obama said in California on Tuesday, according to The New York Times.
“There’s no unwritten law that says that it can only be done on off years,” he continued, referring to Senate Republican leaders’ vow to hold off on confirming the next justice until after the 2016 election. “That’s not in the constitutional text.”
But in a 2006 video posted to YouTube the same day, then-Sen. Obama of Illinois provides a decidedly different take on the nomination process in a filibuster to oppose a Senate decision on Justice Samuel Alito.