When Sen. Joe Biden was named Obama's running mate back in the summer, the very first thing that came to mind was his grandstanding antics during hearings for Supreme Court nominees. We know that Biden, like his boss, got a free ride during the presidential campaign, but in a piece called "How Joe Biden Wrecked the Judicial Confirmation Process," the Wall Street Journal picks up on his Judiciary Committee obstructionism:
By the time Clarence Thomas's confirmation hearings came around, Mr. Biden's modus operandi was well known. In his book, "My Grandfather's Son," Justice Thomas recalls that before the Anita Hill inquisition began, Mr. Biden called him and said "Judge, I know you don't believe me but if the allegations come up I will be your biggest defender." "He was right about one thing," Justice Thomas wrote, "I didn't believe him."More on Biden's "talkative" past and present here.