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Because the media insists that there is no difference between Democrats and Republicans, they’ve released a deluge of articles featuring a snippet from C-SPAN wherein Joe Biden, in 1992, suggested that should the opportunity arise, then-President George H.W. Bush should not nominate a replacement for a vacancy in the Supreme Court. So giddy are they that this footage exists that it’s already been coined as ‘Biden’s Rules,’ and is being used against him and Obama in the GOP’s quest to block a nomination.

The most obvious is that Joe Biden is one man and did not represent the entirety of the Democratic party in 1992. He was a senator that made a suggestion which never had any effect whatsoever on any nominating process and was not resoundingly endorsed by other Democrats. And the only thing rightwingers and their attendant media have, the only thing, is a clip from twenty-four years ago, and he doesn’t even argue that Bush’s potential nominee be blocked full-stop:

But Biden’s full speech undermines their claim. Rather than urging his colleagues to deny Bush’s potential nominee a hearing, Biden was bemoaning the politicization of the confirmation process — hence his suggestion of not holding a hearing in the heat of a presidential election — and what he saw as Bush’s refusal to properly consult with the Senate in selecting a nominee. In fact, just 10 minutes after calling for temporary inaction on Bush’s candidate, Biden actually promised to consider a moderate Supreme Court nominee.

That’s the best they can do, and the least generous interpretations of this unearthed footage is that the playing field is now leveled. That’s hardly the case. It’s not at all comparable to what we’re dealing with today:

Here’s Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), President Pro Tempore of the Senate, saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator Shelley Capito (R-West Virginia) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator Steve Daines (R-Montana) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator Ron Johnson (R-West Virginia) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator John Hoeven (R-Nevada) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

Here’s Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson saying Obama shouldn’t nominate anyone.

And this list isn’t even complete; I stopped because I got bored. So if you’re the kind of person who thinks one Democrat more than two decades ago saying Bush should wait until after the election to have a Justice appointed when that exact scenario never even happened is the same or even comparable as a litany of Republicans saying Obama shouldn’t appoint anyone when they have the real opportunity to deny him that, then I guess there’s no helping you.

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