Samantha Bee: Obama Is Not a 'Lame Duck' (Yet), Can Make SCOTUS Pick

Full Frontal‘s Samantha Bee would like to clarify what does and does not constitute a lame duck period as the Senate opts not to vote on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland.

Just as she did with the fictional Strom Thurmond “rule,” Bee eviscerates those claiming that an alleged Joe Biden clause is now preventing a vote on the nomination during the sitting Commander-in-Chief’s last year in office.

As clearly stated by the current VP, it is his belief that the Senate should not vote on a justice’s appointment until after the election, when a president’s lame duck period officially begins. He does not at any point state that a decision should not be made prior to the inauguration of the next president-elect, or that the current president should not nominate a judicial leader.

Press PLAY on the video above to watch Bee drop her latest truth bomb, then weigh in below.

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18 Comments
  1. Mr. Smith says:

    Thank you, Samantha Bee. I earnestly wait every day for you to make your proclamation concerning every possible tenet of government policy before I step out of the door and live. Your comments make my life worth living.

    For those who unnecessarily wish to post everything Ms. Bee says, I raise a confused hand and wish you all the best, even though this reader has no idea why you take Samantha Bee so seriously.

    Carry on.

  2. Liz says:

    TVLine, please stop pushing Samatha Bee on us as if she’s some great political thinker. She’s a comedian. Nothing more.

  3. Maddie says:

    Go away, ridiculous, talentless Samantha Bee. No one watches your show and nobody cares about your political viewpoints.

    • Angela says:

      You cared enough to click on the article and make a comment, so…

      • Maddie says:

        Caring about TV Line’s agenda != caring about Samantha Bee’s politics. Strange that I have to point that out to you.

        • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

          One (1) user name per IP address, thank you so much! –Mgmt.

        • Angela says:

          Except there was no mention of TV Line’s “agenda” at all. The rant was all about her and her show. And even so, since there’s a few comments here from people who DO like her, and the site highlights her show, then evidently some people do care about her politics and do watch the show, so why you (presuming this is the same Maddie who wrote the above) think or act you’re speaking for everyone by saying nobody cares, I don’t know.
          .
          It’s fine if people don’t care for her or the show, of course, but if that’s the case, then why bother clicking on or commenting on any articles related to either in the first place? There’s lots of shows I don’t get the appeal of, lots of actors or comedians or whatnot that I don’t care for. So I don’t click on any articles related to them as a result. Pretty simple.

          • Mr. Smith says:

            Samantha Bee is first and foremost a comedian. Her comedic skills aren’t in question, but the treatment of said skills as political commentary is. Speaking of sad commentaries, this is one in which “real news and political discussion” is relegated to comedy. No wonder the political system is in the pitiful shape its in!

            By the way, I am not leaning one way or another politically. According to the U.S. Constitution, the President’s duty is to nominate a nominee for the Supreme Court. It is also Congress’ duty to debate and vote on said nominee. Funny how the Republicans see fit to quote the Constitution when it fits them. Of course, it is equally hilarious when the Democrats cite the Constitution, only to realize it is Samantha Bee’s script.

            Ah… I’m just trying to be funny…. Ha. Ha.

  4. Deb says:

    TVLine, for your educational purposes: The president is within his right to make a nomination. And the Senate is within their right to deny an up-or-down vote, the same way they denied multiple judicial nominees an up-or-down vote when President Bush was in office.

    • AngieD says:

      Yes you are correct, but the true debate is whether Senate has the right to not even vet a nominee for 9 months until after President is elected?

  5. Brent says:

    I’ve been coming to this site since the beginning. But I have kind of had enough of the political articles recently. There is enough TV news without stirring the pot and getting everyone riled up, regardless of their political affiliation.

  6. JScout says:

    Love Samantha Bee. Her shows are so funny and she actually knows what she’s talking about. I just wish she were on TV four nights a week. For example, The Daily Show. She should have gotten that instead of Trevor Noah. I still watch him, but he has much less bite and humor than Sam. Love her.

  7. AngieD says:

    Can Senate/Republican Party be sued for Obstruction of Justice? There is no legal reason that should allow them to not start the vetting process. By putting the process off until later, they are allowing the Supreme Court to be deadlocked – thus holding up due process. Leadership is simply holding up the process in the hopes that they can further manipulate. This is not the balance of powers that the found fathers sought to establish

  8. HAP says:

    Just like John Oliver, and who also would have been a better choice for TDS than Trevor Noah, Sam Bee benefits from only doing one show per week, so there is more focus and detail.

    And for those who dismiss her acumen on politics and the constitution, Sam and husband Jason became US citizens in 2014, which meant they both had to study up on the constitution.

    And history shows that people who go through the hard work of studying to pass the citizenship test are at least as patriotic, if not more so than the average American.

  9. H Munster says:

    The bar is set so low for modern television “comedians” requires no talent other than making offensive remarks, constantly attacking any conservative and worshiping the obama regime.
    Remember when comedians and television in general required talented and creative people? Today any socialist magpie from canada can be hailed as a comic genius.
    Canada has produced some funny people (john candy, martin short, eugene levy, etc) but Sambee is not among them. She is just angry petty and misguided, like her target audience.