Joe Biden’s comments from 1992 are coming back to haunt his boss.
With the unexpected passing of conservative Supreme Court judge Antonin Scalia, there is a critical power vacuum on the Supreme Court. We now have an even split of conservative and liberal judges.
Chief Justice John Roberts and justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito are considered conservative. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotamayor, and Elena Kagan, are considered liberal.
Scalia was conservative and so tipped the balance of the court in a conservative direction. With only eight justices on the court now, split down ideological lines, cases where there is a split vote will be decided by the lower court that passed the case up to the Supreme Court in the first place.
The big fuss is, who will replace Scalia? Democrats in Congress want Obama to appoint a liberal justice posthaste. Republicans, on the other hand, are very motivated to keep that from happening. Their stance is, this being an election year, the president should hold off on appointing a judge so that the incoming president could make his or her choice once they take office.
As soon as that idea started getting air time, Liberals across the country flipped their collective lids, claiming Conservatives were politicizing the situation and that they have no right to suggest such a thing.
And that’s where Bumblin’ Joe Biden comes into the picture. It turns out that months before the 1992 presidential election, Biden proposed exactly the same thing. He urged his fellow senators to block then-president George H.W. Bush’s efforts to choose a new justice.
Speaking before the Senate in 1992, Biden stated that his fellow senators, “should seriously consider not scheduling confirmation hearings on [any Bush] nomination until after the political campaign season is over.”
He also argued, “Once the political season is under way, 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 is central to the process.”
That is exactly what is being proposed by many Republicans now. Yet somehow the Libs cry foul.
Conservatives, stand your ground. Blocking the nomination of a justice until after the election is the right thing to do. It has been done by liberals in the past, there is nothing wrong with conservatives doing the same thing now.
If the Supreme Court gets a liberal majority of judges, you might as well start fitting goats and ponies for wedding dresses, along with a host of other left-wing atrocities.
This article is also published on Joe For America.
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