Fox co-host Eric Bolling accused President Obama of drawing “a line in the sand” following remarks at a California press conference on nominating someone to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. At the press conference following the U.S.-Association of Southeast Nations summit, Obama was asked by Reuters' Jeff Mason, “should we interpret your comments ... that you are likely to choose a moderate nominee?” President Obama replied by stating, “You shouldn't assume anything about the qualifications of the nominee other than they're going to be well qualified.” Bolling said Obama's remark was “more divisive politics” and that he should have “softened that tone.” From the February 16 edition of Fox News' The Five:
KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE (CO-HOST): We just heard from President Obama at a news conference out in Rancho Mirage, California, at the close of a summit with leaders of Southeast Asia. He took questions on the contentious issue of replacing Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Republicans are vowing to block him from nominating a successor. Obama still says he intends to nominate a very well qualified candidate in due time. Somebody who is indisputably qualified for the seat. He also said those who argue the nomination should be made by the next president are reading something in the Constitution that isn't there. Let's take it around the table. So, Eric, any surprises in this discussion?
ERIC BOLLING (CO-HOST): I think, well, there are a couple of things. First of all, I heard President Obama say early on, the first question he was answering, said, “the Constitution is clear.” And I think he was referring to Republicans, saying, “they're suddenly reading into it.” Coming from a guy whose done nothing for the last seven years than read into the words of the Constitution. You think of the Commerce Clause with Obamacare, you think of the executive order on immigration, you think of the drone program, closing Gitmo. He went around the Congress and the Constitution on all of those so that was kind of weird. I also noticed -- now I've been -- yesterday, I said I think the Republicans are making a mistake saying they that they won't hear any Supreme Court nominee, just shut it down right now. I think that's not the way you go forward. Let President Obama nominate and then take your time and do what you got to do. That's the way it's written, that's the way you should do it. But President Obama gave a different -- okay, so let's just say they do. They say, “yep, nominate who you want.” But when he said “no, I didn't say I'm going to nominate a moderate,” well he kind of drew a line in the sand. I know he qualified it with “I didn't say what I was going to nominate,” and a moderate didn't necessarily focus on a moderate. But the point he -- more divisive politics. I think he could have softened that tone a little bit but in my final observation is, I love the no tie and the flag on the lapel look for President Obama.