It isn’t just the Minneapolis Star Tribune that’s suffering from memory loss when it comes to past positions about filibustering judicial nominees (see John’s post below). Senator Joe Biden has the same affliction, and even less of an excuse since he’s an individual, not an institution (an individual with a history of problems regarding what he did and did not say or write). The Washington Times notes that, in an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Biden flatly denied having said in 1997 that judicial nominees are entitled to an up-or-down Senate floor vote. Yet according to the Congressional Record, Biden stated just that on March 19, 1997:
I respectfully suggest that everyone who is nominated is entitled to have a shot, to have a hearing and to have a shot to be heard on the floor and have a vote on the floor. . . .It is not appropriate not to have hearings on them, not bring them to the floor and not to allow a vote.
The Strib has acknowledged its error. Will Biden? If so, how will he explain the inconsistency in his substantive position.