Lion of the Blogosphere

The gift of Joe Biden’s 1992 speech

I mentioned this yesterday on Twitter. (So that’s an example of why you should check in on my new Twitter page.)

Thinking about this some more, this is the best thing to happen to Republicans that I could even dream of.

We have Joe Biden, who was then the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and is today the Vice President, saying that the president should not nominate someone before an election, and claiming that’s the historical precedent, which makes the Obama/Biden administration look like massive hypocrites for even nominating anyone in the first place.

And then he says if the president appoints someone in an “election year,” the Senate Judiciary committee should refuse to even schedule any hearings on the matter until after the election. Once again, this makes Democrats look like massive hypocrites for complaining about Republicans merely following Joe Biden’s advice.

But it does even more than that. Before this speech turned up, I was quite fearful that some Republican Senators would crack and cave into the subversive “good advice” of the liberal media that they could lose their re-elections if they angered the voters by going against Obama. Seeing this video clip will make those Senators ashamed to be a bunch of p-words, and now they will to the right thing and do what the Democrats would successfully do if the situation were reversed.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 23, 2016 at 8:07 am

Posted in Law, Politics

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  1. GOP senators cannot be shamed.

    If the GOP holds firm on Obama’s judges, it will be because they are afraid of Trump/Cruz. The Trump/Cruz/Carson anti establishment bloc has gotten over 60% in IA and SC, and managed to get ~45% even in establishment friendly NH.

    Make no mistake, the GOP has learned to fear its base. Not as much as it needs to, but fear they do nonetheless.

    Otis the Sweaty

    February 23, 2016 at 8:19 am

    • Not sure either Cruz or Carson count as being anti establishment.


      February 23, 2016 at 10:24 am

  2. I’m not sure that exposing this sort of hypocrisy makes any difference. First, this only works if it gets a lot of MSM attention, and the Press Secretary is pounded with questions on this. None of that is likely to happen for reasons that are pretty obvious. Plus, since Republicans are guilty of exactly this same type of hypocrisy, they are probably sympathetic to it, rather than outraged.

    Mike Street Station

    February 23, 2016 at 8:25 am

  3. Agree with Mike, above. The people who see hypocrisy here were likely not considering voting for Hilary or Sanders, and their voters are unlikely to see hypocrisy here. I think it will change the minds of…maybe 4 or 5 people. Tops.

    And…nominating someone now or nominating someone after the election are functionally the same. Still the same person doing the nominating. Still the same people doing the confirming.


    February 23, 2016 at 8:36 am

    • We can be certain that the Democrats would have spent three months “Borking” the nominee if Bush had nominated someone in November.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 23, 2016 at 8:52 am

  4. In 2006, Senator Obama voted to filibuster Samuel Alito’s appointment to the Supreme Court. But that was then, this is now. It’s just politics. If the roles were reversed, the Democrats would be doing the same thing the Republicans are.

    Black Death

    February 23, 2016 at 8:36 am

    • “If the roles were reversed, the Democrats would be doing the same thing the Republicans are.”

      If the roles were reversed, a Republican president ignoring rule of law as Obama has would have been forced out a-la Nixon.


      February 23, 2016 at 9:30 am

  5. Obama will get a new justice in there. GOP will fold. It’s what they do.


    February 23, 2016 at 9:31 am

    • GOP senators in IL, NH, OH, WI, and PA and the GOP candidate in FL don’t want the election to be about Roe v Wade and don’t want the election to be about opposing the president’s nominee when all those states are pro-choice and voted for Obama twice. Similarly in AZ except Obama didn’t win but the voters like Roe. Maybe NC where Obama won once, too.

      What will happen if the GOP holds out is that Democrats will gain 4-7 Senate seats because the press will allow them to make the election about Roe for as long as the Supreme seat is empty. The result will be an Obama justice confirmed after the new Senate is seated 3 January and before the new president 20 January 2017, even if Trump wins.

      So all those sacrificed Senate seats will have been for nothing.

      The GOP senators know this. Therefore they will want to confirm Obama’s choice. They have to wait until after the primaries are over or the GOP primary voters will crush them for betrayal. Once primaries are over, they have six years before facing primary voters again. So the GOP will confirm the justice in summer or late spring.


      February 24, 2016 at 2:23 am

  6. Why was Biden even saying this? There wasn’t an open seat in 1992, was there?


    February 23, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    • No there wasn’t. It was very stupid. I guess he was genuinely clueless that in the future he might be on the other side of the aisle.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 23, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      • “No there wasn’t. It was very stupid. I guess he was genuinely clueless that in the future he might be on the other side of the aisle.”

        I think this is because the Left is so outcome-driven, they don’t even understand the neutrality of processes. It’s almost like magical thinking. “I’m such a good person, the world could never result in a set of conditions where I’d be holding the shit end of the stick through no fault of my own.”

        Abundance Mentality

        February 24, 2016 at 3:14 am

    • Biden has been either stupid or wrong on most things since the late seventies with the SALT talks and the Pershing missiles in Europe. What’s really wrong is the institution that keeps such a dolt as a member for so long and even lets him get to be VP.


      February 23, 2016 at 2:26 pm

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