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That Time Biden Said No to a Bush SCOTUS Nominee

Political Editors · Feb. 22, 2016

The problem with being a career Democrat politician is that the archives will eventually expose a double standard. This time the culprit is Senator Joe Biden, who had this to say in 1992:

“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 Senate, too, Mr. President, must consider how it would respond to a Supreme Court vacancy that would occur in the full throes of an election year.”

Of course, the only difference then was that a Republican — George H.W. Bush — occupied the White House. Hot Air’s Allahpundit notes, “If you’re keeping score, this means that the current president, current vice president, current Senate minority leader, and incoming Senate minority leader have all gone on record in the past in favor of obstructing a Supreme Court nominee.”

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