More Democrat hypocrisy on later term Supreme Court appointments
Vice President Joe Biden argued in 1992 when he was a senator that President George H.W. Bush shouldn't nominate a new Supreme Court justice toward end of his term, and encouraged Democrats not to consider one if Bush sent one to the Senate.Democrats have no credibility on this issue and their protestations are typical bad faith arguments on their part. The Republicans should put all such statements on a continuous loop to play back for Democrats as they try to make their case for giving them another liberal justice.
"It is my view that if a Supreme Court justice resigns tomorrow or in 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," then-Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Joe Biden said on the floor of the upper chamber in 1992.
Biden's statement is at odds with his criticisms of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who like Biden has said this year that the next president, not Obama's, should name the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's successor. And it suggests that New York Sen. Chuck Schumer's pledge to block any hypothetical Bush nominees in 2007 was in keeping with a long-standing Democratic tactic.