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Biden to Give Speech Pretending He Never Really Tried to Stop Bush's SCOTUS Nominees

Today, Vice President Joe Biden will deliver a speech at Georgetown Law School in which he will pretend he never made remarks in 1992 warning President George H.W. Bush not try to fill a Supreme Court vacancy during an election year.

You can read Biden’s complete 1992 remarks here.

Biden intends to talk about how he helped shepherd thought eight Supreme Court nominees while he was chairman and ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Biden will say about his support of the nominees:

Not much of the time. Not most of the time. Every single time.

According to the White House, Biden’s speech is an attempt to go on offense in the battle over Obama’s SCOTUS nominee. He will warn that a “diminished court” will “fragment our national unity.”

The longer this high court vacancy remains unfilled, the more serious a problem we will face — a problem compounded by turbulence, confusion, and uncertainty about our safety and security, our liberty and privacy, the future of our children and grandchildren.

ABC News reports:

[Biden] has reached out to some Republican senators since Obama nominated Garland, chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, for the high court. And he’s pressed the issue as he’s campaigned for Democrats in Seattle and Ohio. His role is likely to increase as the process moves forward.

But back in 1992, Biden was singing a different tune.

Senate consideration of a nominee under these circumstances is not fair to the president, to the nominee, or to the Senate itself … The Senate Judiciary Committee should seriously consider not scheduling confirmation hearings on the nomination until after the political campaign season is over.

Sorry, Joe. I can hardly report on this with a straight face. Everybody knows the game the Democrats are playing. #nohearingsnovotes