Joe Biden Talks. Disaster Ensues.

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on June 10, 2009

Joe BidenI like judges who support cops when the cops deserve support. I like them as much as anyone. Indeed, I take a backseat to no one in terms of liking them.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that I like it when the Vice President of the United States tries to sell a Supreme Court Justice on the basis that she will be good to the police:

Vice President Joe Biden offered an exuberant endorsement of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor at a White House event Tuesday – but some legal analysts believe he went too far by suggesting she would rule in favor of police if confirmed.

Flanked by a dozen District of Columbia police officers, Biden said Sotomayor, a former prosecutor, could be counted on to support law enforcement while on the high court.

“As you do your job, know that Judge Sotomayor has your back as well. And throughout this nominating process, I know you’ll have her back,” Biden said.

“I think what Biden said was foolish,” said Stephen Gillers, a law professor at New York University who is a prominent legal ethicist. “She’s not there to ‘have their back.’ She’s there to interpret the law as she sees fit. . .

“It’ll be embarrassing to her when she learns of it,” Gillers said. “Biden crosses the line when he starts representing to interest groups that she would be voting in their favor.”

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: If Joe Biden didn’t exist, we would have to invent him.

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