During his “town hall”, Joe Biden was asked about whether he would pack the supreme court – i.e. expand its size with justices who agree with him, to create a majority in that direction.
Here is the key exchange:
STEPHANOPOULOS: If they vote on it before the election, you are open to expanding the court?
BIDEN: I’m open to considering what happens from that point on.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You know, you have said so many times during the campaign, all through the course of your career, it’s important to level with the American people.
BIDEN: It is, but, George, if I — if I say — no matter what answer I gave you, if I say it, that’s the headline tomorrow.
It won’t be about what’s going on now, the improper way they’re proceeding.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But don’t voters have a right to know where you stand?
BIDEN: They do have a right to know where I stand. And they will have a right to know where I stand before they vote.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So, you will come out with a clear position before Election Day?
BIDEN: Yes, depending on how they handle this.
OK, a few obvious points:
-If people have a right to know your position on packing the court, Mr. Biden, why haven’t you told us what it is already? Why aren’t you telling us now? Why have you tried to deflect answering this question by repeating the nonsensical non-point that “If I tell you it will become the issue/tomorro’s headline”. of course your position will become the issue, just like every other position you take becomes the issue. That comment has exactly 0% meaning.
-Refusing to answer this question tells us that either you’re hiding your position (which, since packing the court would be a negative, means you’re going to do it) or you haven’t made up your mind yet (which means you are considering doing it).
-And what in the world does that “Yes (I’ll give you an answer on election day), depending on how they handle this” mean? Does anyone have a clue what it is supposed to convey? Who is “they”? What “handling” are you referring to? And what does any of that have to do with whether you will give us an answer? You are spouting meaningless, it-doesn’t-make-any-sense blather, and hoping your potential voters are too stupid/too ignorant to notice.
Based on this ridiculous non-response, I suspect most people understand that Joe Biden fully intends to pack the court if he can. All this accomplishes, therefore, is to make him look and sound like a BS politician who has gotten through his career by talking out of every side of his mouth and who can’t be trusted to be honest about anything he says.
In other words, it makes him look and sound like Joe Biden.