Watch: Obama May Not Be Able To Replace Scalia After This Rare Footage Was Just Discovered

Video which recently surfaced of top Democrats talking about the Senate’s role in judicial appointments appears to hand Republicans game, set and match the debate whether Justice Antonin Scalia should be replaced this year.

C-Span tweeted video from 1992 on Monday of then Senator Joe Biden admonishing the Senate not to move forward on any potential nominees to the Supreme Court because it was a presidential election year.

“It would be our pragmatic conclusion that once the political season is underway — and it is — action on a Supreme Court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over,” Biden said in June of 1992. “That is what is fair to the nominee and essential to the process.”

“It is my view that if a Supreme Court justice resigns tomorrow, or within the next several weeks, or resigns at the end of the summer, President Bush should consider following the practice of a majority of his predecessors and not — and not — name a nominee until after the November election is completed,” the senator stated. 

The vice president was singing a different tune last week. In an interview with Minnesota Public Radio on Thursday, he acknowledged that “the Senate gets to have a say,” but adding, “I think we need somebody there now to do the job,” she said, “and let’s get on with it.”

In 1992, Sen. Biden argued that not only should the Senate not vote on a nominee, it probably should not even go forward with a hearing in committee. “It is my view that if the president goes the way of Presidents Fillmore and Johnson, and presses an election year nomination, the Senate judiciary committee should seriously consider not scheduling confirmation hearings on the nomination until after the political campaign season is over,” he said. 

Current minority leader Sen. Harry Reid, argued in May 2005, that it is fully within the Senate’s prerogative not schedule a vote on presidential nominees. “The duties of the United States Senate are set forth in the Constitution of the United States. Nowhere in that document does it say, the Senate has the duty to give a presidential nominee a vote,” he contended from the Senate floor. 

“It say appointments shall be made with the ‘Advice and Consent’ of the Senate. That is very different than saying every nominee receives a vote,” said Reid. 

As reported by Western Journalism, then Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Chuck Schumer voted to filibuster Justice Samuel Alito’s nomination to the Supreme Court in 2005. Further, Schumer called on the Senate not to approve any of President George W. Bush’s potential nominees to the high court during his last 18 months in office, except under “extraordinary circumstances.”

h/t: Daily Caller 

Revealed: Here’s What Obama Is REALLY Doing Instead Of Attending Justice Scalia’s Funeral

President Obama will spend Saturday focused on his opportunity to shape the future of the Supreme Court instead of attending the funeral of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

On Friday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Obama will spend his weekend looking at the records and job histories of potential candidates.

Vice President Joe Biden telegraphed some characteristics of those Obama is likely to consider when he said that judges who have already been confirmed into existing posts with support from Republicans have a better chance of making it through the process.

“We have to pick somebody, as the President will, who is intellectually competent, is a person of high moral character, is a person who is demonstrated to have an open mind, and is a person who doesn’t come with a specific agenda,” he said Thursday, later describing the ideal nominee as a “consensus candidate.”

Whatever the long-term results of Obama’s efforts might be, his absence from Scalia’s funeral has antagonized many. No direct reason was given for the decision. Earnest implied Friday that the “security footprint” required to protect Obama might have been disruptive at the funeral.

“This is possibly the most ideological presidency we have ever seen and working with the opposition is something that doesn’t even exist in Obama’s thought process,” wrote Andrew Mark Miller on Young Conservatives, adding that Obama’s absence is “an unprecedented move that proves beyond any doubt that President Obama only cares about politics.”

Miller, writing Friday, noted “Obama managed to show up to pay respects to Justice Scalia’s casket today for a whopping two minutes. Another tragic example of the president refusing to be the leader of the entire country.”

h/t: CNN

Obama Dispatches Biden and Power To Force This Upon Israel; Netanyahu REFUSES To Budge

We live in an upside down world, British journalist Melanie Philips said in a book that was published in 2010.

A significant part of that book, World Turned Upside Down, deals with Israel.

“What is unique about the treatment of Israel is that a conflict subjected to an unprecedented level of scrutiny should be presented in such a way as to drive out the truth and rationality,” Philips wrote. “History is turned on its head; facts and falsehoods, victims and victimizers are reversed; logic is suspended, and fictional narrative is now widely accepted as incontrovertible truth. This fundamental error has been spun into a global web of potentially catastrophic false conclusions.

“The fraught issue of Israel sits at the epicenter of the West’s repudiation of reason. Many of the errors and misrepresentations about the Middle East conflict (Philips wrote her book before the real Middle East conflict – called the Arab Spring – between Sunni and Shia Muslims started) not only promote falsehood but turn the truth inside out. This is because the West has swallowed the Arab and Muslim narrative on Israel.”

Six years after the book’s publication, little seems to have changed in the world. The Middle East is burning everywhere, but the world is still obsessed with the Jewish State and its relatively minor conflict with the Arab Palestinians.

Over the last month alone, Israel had to deal with several plans, ultimatums, dictates, false claims and punishing measures by the international community that were all meant as initial steps to force the so-called Two State Solution upon Israel.

First there was the European Union that, after imposing a new label policy on Israeli companies that oblige them to differentiate between products made in Israel ‘proper’ (Israel before the Six Day War in 1967) and the so-called West Bank, decided to turn up the heat on the Jewish State. The EU did this by adopting a new resolution that ‘unequivocally and explicitly’ stated no business deals between Israel and European companies can apply to the Jewish communities in these areas.

The Obama administration followed suit and reinstated 20 year-old guidelines about the labeling of products manufactured in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

“It is not acceptable to mark the aforementioned goods with the words ‘Israel,’ ‘Made in Israel,’ ‘Occupied Territories-Israel’ or any variation thereof,” a statement from the U.S. Customs agency read. Both the EU and the Obama administration denied the measures had anything to do with a boycott of Israel.

Then France issued an ultimatum to Israel about an international conference aimed at breaking the current deadlock in the negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and Israel. When the conference would not yield the desired result (Two State Solution), French foreign minister Laurent Fabius threatened his country would recognize a Palestinian State in the so-called West Bank and Gaza.

Israel reacted furiously to the French dictate, but Fabius remains unfazed and sticks to his position on the matter.

At the same time, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon upped the pressure on Israel and seemed to put the blame for the current wave of Palestinian Arab terror squarely on Israel’s shoulders when he said, “After nearly 50 years of occupation — decades after Oslo — Palestinians, especially young people, are losing hope. Israelis, Palestinians, and the international community need to read the writing on the wall: The status quo is untenable, it undermines the security of Israelis and the future for Palestinians.”

“It is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism. Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process,” Ban Ki-Moon said during a meeting of the UN Security Council.

Israel Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu reacted angrily to the statements of the UN boss.

“There is no justification for terrorism,” he said in a video statement last month. “The Palestinian terrorists don’t want to build a state; they want to destroy a state, and they say that proudly. They want to murder Jews everywhere, and they state that proudly. They don’t murder for peace, and they don’t murder for human rights.

“The UN has lost its neutrality, and its moral force, and these statements by the secretary-general do nothing to improve its situation. Ban’s remarks stoke terror.”

Ban Ki Moon shot back with on op-ed in the New York Times in which he complained he had been misrepresented by his Israeli critics. He again defended his remarks on Palestinian frustration about the continuing “occupation,” harshly criticized Israel for building new homes for Jews in Samaria and Judea (West Bank) and claimed Israel is planning ‘the demolition of thousands of Palestinian homes.’

Apparently Ban had ‘swallowed the Arab narrative’ on Israel’s actions in Judea and Samaria because only 5 percent of the Palestinian Arabs live in territory under Israeli control in the so-called West Bank. In 2014, for example, Ban’s own UN reported the demolition of 1,177 structures. That included some homes, but most of these structures were illegally built agricultural buildings, pergolas, barns and other structures.

But Ban’s message was clear: Israel is guilty of the failed peace process, and therefore, the Palestinians have lost hope. The solution, according to the UN Secretary General, is to end the “occupation” and to give them a state, no matter what.

A couple of days after the incident with Ban Ki Moon, the ‘Quartet’ (Great Britain, France, U.S., and Russia) that had been silent on the conflict for a long time, suddenly showed renewed interest in the establishment of a Palestinian State .

Diplomats of the Quartet met on the sidelines of the international security conference in Munich and decided to draw up a new report that would include suggestions on how to move forward ‘to advance the two-state solution.’ The Quartet issued a statement saying the situation in Israel was “dangerously imperiling the viability” of an independent Palestinian state.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who attended the conference in Munich, added to the sense of urgency when he said that the stalemate between the Palestinian Arabs and Israel could lead to “religious conflict of a global dimension,” no less.

President Obama apparently agrees with the prophets of doom and decided to dispatch two prominent members of his team to Israel.

Samantha Power, the U,.S. ambassador to the UN, arrived in Israel Sunday after having tweeted that she “will meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders… to discuss U.S. commitment to two states side by side in security and peace.”

A couple of hours after Power’s arrival in Israel, news broke that Vice President Joe Biden will come to Israel very soon. Netanyahu announced the news during his opening remarks at the weekly cabinet meeting.

“Vice President Biden is a welcome guest in Israel any time he decides to come here,” Netanyahu said.

The Israeli Prime Minister doesn’t seem overly impressed by the international pressure to establish a Palestinian state in Israel’s biblical heartland.

Last week during a debate in the Knesset on the issue, Netanyahu said that considering the current political reality Israel has no choice but to continue its control over Judea and Samaria (West Bank). Netanyahu said that as long as the Palestinian Arabs refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish State and accept demilitarization of a Palestinian state, Israel will stay in the disputed territories.

“In the face of the incredible changes around us… in the current circumstances, we can’t implement two states for two nations,” Netanyahu said while adding that Judea and Samaria will fall in the hand of Islamist extremists who aim to destroy Israel after an Israeli withdrawal.

He told the Knesset that Palestinian children were being taught to “liberate” Israel in its entirety ,including Haifa, Acre, Jaffa. “No one is talking about ’67. They’re talking about ’48,” he said about the PA leadership and the Palestinian media. He rejected the claim the current Arab terror war stems from ‘desperation’, as Ban Ki Moon has claimed

“Terror is not a result of occupation,” Netanyahu said. “The terror stems from a culture of death. Its goal is not to free a state it is to destroy a state.”

“Terror is the result of a totalitarian ideology” and a desire to kill Jews, Netanyahu said.

The Israeli Prime Minister, who’s name means “God-given,” realizes Obama and the Europeans will do everything in their power to implement the two-state solution. But he has vowed to ensure the security of the Jewish people, sees himself as the protector of Israel ,and enjoys the support of the overwhelming majority of the political establishment and the Jewish people in Israel on this matter.

It’s Choosing Time For The GOP

Maybe Joe took my advice.

I told a friend of the VP’s recently that he should not run for president in 2016 but instead should leave the political stage as an elder statesman.

No matter why Biden really decided to let Hillary Clinton have the Democrats’ presidential nomination without a fight, it’s great news for the GOP.

At least it should be.

In an ordinary election season, the GOP should be thrilled to pieces at the chance to duke it out with Hillary and the U-Haul load of dirty old political baggage she and her husband are always dragging around with them.

But this is no ordinary season. It’s the upside-down season of Donald Trump.

What Trump has done to hurt the GOP’s chances so far is enough to make a conspiratorialist think Hillary and Bill paid him to run as a Republican.

But I forgot. Trump is so rich no one has enough loot to buy him off, not even Bill and Hillary.

What Trump is doing to the GOP continues to amaze me.

It’s bad enough he has infected what’s left of the party’s conservative brand with his Democrat-lite ideas.

But one-by-one he’s been biting his fellow Republicans like a liberal attack dog  — even ones he’s not running against.

As part of his nonstop bullying of Jeb Bush, Trump tried to make it seem Jeb’s big brother George W. was somehow responsible for the 9/11 attack on America.

It was a cheap shot that knocked Jeb off his message — a message no one is hearing anyway — and forced him to defend his brother.

Democrats have been unfairly blaming George W. for 9/11 — and everything else that’s gone wrong in the world — for eight years. So now Trump piles on?

GW could have done nothing to stop the attack, which occurred just nine months after he replaced Bill Clinton in the White House.

People like Trump forget that in 2001, the U.S. Senate wouldn’t allow GW to appoint a new CIA director or appoint other people he needed who could have given him better intelligence information.

On top of Trump’s stupid 9-11 statement, Dr. Ben Carson came out with an even dumber one.

The GOP’s Mister Rogers candidate said he would have brought Osama Bin Laden to justice in two weeks without going to war in Afghanistan.

He said he simply would have told the Saudis we were going to become oil independent.

That threat to their bottom line, he said, would have caused the Saudis to rush out and capture Osama and turn him over to us.

These are the two top-tier Republican people trying to become President of the U.S.?

Trump and Carson may say things in the primary that some want to hear.

But the most important question is, “Can they actually do what you want them to do if they win?”

To be a successful president, even a conservative one, in the real world, you have to work with members of Congress, not call them names. Trump will never be able to work with anyone in Congress — on either side.

The GOP desperately needs to save itself from being Trumped.

With Hillary and her heavy baggage as the competition, Republicans and conservatives have been handed a great chance to win in 2016.

But they also have a great chance to absolutely blow winning 2016 if they don’t stop Trump, who could cinch the nomination as early as next march on Super Tuesday.

Despite its dysfunction, the GOP still has time to derail the Trump Express. It has a deep bench of conservative politicians and leaders from around the country.

But if they’re going to beat Hillary and prevent the GOP from becoming the next Whig Party, Republicans have to unite behind someone like Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, John Kasich or Chris Christie.

They have to choose wisely — and they better do it fast.

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Watch: What Biden Did Immediately After He Said He’s Not Running Is Just As Important

After surprising many pundits by announcing he would not seek his party’s presidential nomination, Joe Biden expressed an idea that sharply contrasted with current Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton.

During what many viewed as a strong debate performance earlier this month, Clinton cited a laundry list of enemies she is proud to have made throughout her political career.

“In addition to the NRA, the health insurance companies, the drug companies, the Iranians,” she said, “probably the Republicans.”

Biden, however, made it clear that he does not see those on the other side of the political aisle as his enemies.

“They are our opposition,” he said. “They are not our enemies. And for the sake of the country, we have to work together.”

Biden expressed a desire to “end the divisive, partisan politics” within his own party.

“It’s mean-spirited,” he said. “It’s petty; it’s gone on for far too long. I don’t believe, like some do, that it’s naïve to talk to Republicans.”

Clinton addressed the announcement with a tweet describing Biden as a “good friend and a great man,” though many social media users felt her graciousness was likely a façade.

Is there bad blood between Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.