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Biden On SCOTUS: I Didn’t Say What I Very Clearly Said In ’92

Thanks to the miracle of the Internet, people in 2016 can watch what the Vice President of the United States said all the way back in 1992. And within hours, the VP can brazenly lie about it.

Yesterday, C-SPAN dropped this nuke on the debate over replacing Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia:

Here’s what Biden said in 1992, in black and white:

“…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. It is my view that if the president goes the way of Presidents Fillmore and Johnson, and presses an election-year nomination, the Senate Judiciary Committee should seriously consider not scheduling confirmation hearings on the nomination until after the political campaign season is over. And I sadly predict, Mr. President, that this is going to be one of the bitterest, dirtiest presidential campaigns we will have seen in modern times.

“I’m sure, Mr. President, after having uttered these words, some will criticize such a decision and say that it was nothing more than an attempt to save a seat on the court in hopes that a Democrat will be permitted to fill it. But that would not be our intention, Mr. President, if that were the course we were to choose as a Senate, to not consider holding hearings until after the election. 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 is central to the process. Otherwise, it seems to me, Mr. President, we will be in deep trouble as an institution.”

Well, here we are. The 2016 political season is underway, there’s a Supreme Court vacancy, and the Senate has indicated that it won’t consider a replacement until after the election. I’m not sure if a Republican has gone as far as Biden did, insisting that the president not even name a nominee,* but if so, there’s your precedent. The Vice President of the United States.

And what does Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. have to say for himself now?

So there you have it, America. Biden didn’t say what he said, and besides, it doesn’t matter that he said what he said.

Now shut up and do what the Democrats want, you dirty GOP creeps, or they’ll call you lots of mean names. You wouldn’t want that, would you?

*Apparently a Republican has done just that! But never you mind, because…