The internet is an at-once glorious and despicable machination. In this instance, it is a wonderful feature. Thanks, Al Gore.
A recently resurfaced video shows then-Senator Joe Biden making bold pronouncements in 2005 as then-President George W. Bush was seeking to fill a Supreme Court vacancy. On the shortlist was a circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals by the name of Janice Rogers Brown. Rogers Brown happened to be a black woman.
Here is a much younger, but equally contemptible and two-faced Joe Biden sounding off, in his typical blundering fashion, on his plans to prevent Dubya from seating the Court’s first black woman:
Biden: “It depends on who the president sends. But I could see a circumstance. For example, if he set up Edith Jones, I can assure you that would be a very, very, very difficult fight and she probably would be filibustered.”
Anchor: “What about Jancine Rogers Brown?”
Biden: “Excuse me, By the way, I misspoke. I misspoke. Janice Rogers Brown is what I want to say. I misspoke.”
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Classic, Biden! Even in 2005 he didn’t have a clue as to what he was talking about and just made stuff up. I misspoke. What an airhead. Shame on Delaware for having the wool pulled over their eyes for FIFTY years. No wonder there is a conspiracy that it’s not even real state; who could constantly vote for this loser?
Notice too that the softball media ignored a great chance to ask a real question: “Sir, why are you opposed to the nomination of the first black woman to the Supreme Court?” Wouldn’t it have been great to hear him squirm out of that one? In any event, this clip should be played at the upcoming hearings for the black militant appointee Ketanji Brown Jackson.
Even back then, Democrats could absolutely not let a black woman be seated by Republicans. Although Clarence Thomas had already been put on the bench (more on that below), the combination of being both black and female was a political victory impossible to be ceded. It was a prescient move; partly what gave Biden front-runner status in 20202 was his vocalized commitment to nominate a black woman if the opportunity presented itself. Ignoring, of course, the fact that the DNC steals nominations from and for people (see: Bernie Sanders) and Justice Breyer was essentially shoved out (see: Ruth Bader Ginsberg), as well as the fact that Joe Biden likely holds disdain for black Americans, then it all adds up nicely.
Despite race not actually meaning anything substantive, the nomination of Brown Jackson has provided a rare boost for his base.