Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Biden walks back 1992 blockade of Supreme Court nominees

By Joel Gehrke

Vice President Joe Biden argued Monday that his objection to a Supreme Court nominee from President George H.W. Bush so close to the election should not be used by Republicans to justify blocking President Obama's attempt to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Biden noted that in 1992, he was referring to a "hypothetical" vacancy that had not occurred. "In the same statement critics are pointing to today, I urged the Senate and the White House to work together to overcome partisan differences to ensure the court functions as the Founding Fathers intended," he tweeted Monday evening. "That remains my position today."....

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My Take - There's one thing you can always count on from leftists.  Everything they say is full of logical fallacies.  Which logical fallacy is this.  This would be the "If by whiskey" fallacy, which goes like this:

The label if-by-whiskey refers to a 1952 speech by Noah S. "Soggy" Sweat, Jr., a young lawmaker from the U.S. state of Mississippi, on the subject of whether Mississippi should continue to prohibit (which it did until 1966) or finally legalize alcoholic beverages:[3][4]
My friends, I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular time. However, I want you to know that I do not shun controversy. On the contrary, I will take a stand on any issue at any time, regardless of how fraught with controversy it might be. You have asked me how I feel about whiskey. All right, here is how I feel about whiskey: 
If when you say whiskey you mean the devil's brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster, that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean the evil drink that topples the Christian man and woman from the pinnacle of righteous, gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, and despair, and shame and helplessness, and hopelessness, then certainly I am against it. 
But, if when you say whiskey you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and laughter on their lips, and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer; if you mean the stimulating drink that puts the spring in the old gentleman's step on a frosty, crispy morning; if you mean the drink which enables a man to magnify his joy, and his happiness, and to forget, if only for a little while, life's great tragedies, and heartaches, and sorrows; if you mean that drink, the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of dollars, which are used to provide tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitiful aged and infirm; to build highways and hospitals and schools, then certainly I am for it. 
This is my stand. I will not retreat from it. I will not compromise.

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