MSNBC's Steve Kornacki reacts to a recently found video of Vice President Joe Biden in June 1992 arguing against nominating a Supreme Court Justice in an election year. Biden, now Vice President, called for the Senate to confirm a "consensus candidate" in an interview with Rachel Maddow last week.
"It is my view that if the president goes the way of Presidents Fillmore and Johnson and presses an election year nomination the Senate Judiciary Committee should seriously consider not scheduling confirmation hearings on the nomination until ever -- until after the political campaign season is over," then-Senator Biden said on the Senate floor.
The Democrats are now saying the opposite of what they would have said before.
"This is shocking, Steve, just shocking," veteran Nevada reporter Jon Ralston joked. "Can you imagine Harry Reid giving that speech if the president were a Republican? Or the Senate were controlled by Democrats? Of course not. Everything is situational. You wonder why Congress has a 10% approval rating because they'll change what they say depending on what the situation is."
Kornacki said Biden's unearthed comments is a "devastating sound bite" that nixes the moral high ground for Democrats.
"If you took the quote we just played and you said that a Republican Senator had said it, today, you would have outrage from Democrats... yet that was the Democratic posture back in 1992. It just seems to me that playing it forward, Democrats trying to get the moral high ground here, trying to tell Republicans they are under an absolute obligation to do this. That seems like a pretty devastating sount bite," Kornacki said.
"Let me channel the White House. Steve, that was in June. we're in February now," MSNBC's Chris Jansing cracked.