C-Span just found a fun little clip of then-Senator Joe Biden explaining why George H.W. Bush shouldn’t nominate a Supreme Court justice until after an election.
“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.
Instead, 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. That is what is fair to the nominee and essential to the process. Otherwise, it seems to me we will be in deep trouble as an institution.”
Of course, 24 years later, Biden’s position has TOTALLY changed. He now says the Republicans’ promises to ignore the President’s nomination are political posturing and will harm the country.
Also, Biden also said he wouldn’t be interested in a seat on the court…
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