Joe Biden doesn’t believe we should replace a Justice in a president’s last year in office. He has been emphatic about it but that was in 1992 when George Bush was president.
Joe Biden pontificated about the importance of not naming a nominee until after the November election. “As a result, 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.
He was talking about a nonexistent opening and his statements were politically motivated and unwarranted.
“I sadly predict, Mr. President,” Biden continued, “that this is going to be one of the bitterest, dirtiest, Presidential campaigns we will have seen in modern times.”
“I am sure, Mr. President, after having uttered these words some will criticize such a decision and say it was nothing more than an attempt to save the seat on the Court in the hopes that a Democrat will be permitted to fill it, but that would not be our intention, Mr. President, if that were the course to choose in the Senate to not consider holding hearings until after the election. Instead, it would be our pragmatic conclusion that 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. Otherwise, it seems to me, Mr. President, we will be in deep trouble as an institution.”
This should be quoted everywhere as the battle over Justice Scalia’s seat heats up.