There's just a little over two months to go until the Iowa caucuses, the official start of the presidential primaries and the end of what feels like a decade of build-up. Like the other top-polling candidates, former vice president Joe Biden is campaigning hard in the hopes of snatching a win that will give him momentum.
Despite an unending series of gaffes, Biden remains a strong contender because of his connection to former president Barack Obama. And he's not shy about leaning hard on the relationship, as The New York Times reported this weekend:
Traveling around Iowa in his "No Malarkey" campaign bus, Mr. Biden held three town hall-style events on Saturday, fielding questions from the audience at each one. At an event in Washington, Iowa, one attendee asked Mr. Biden if he would nominate former President Barack Obama to the Supreme Court. "If he'd take it, yes," Mr. Biden responded.
It's an interesting contradiction from Biden, considering that he and other centrist candidates oppose ambitious and popular policy proposals like Medicare for All, claiming, as Biden did in a recent debate, "I don't think it is realistic." In the same vein, getting an Obama nomination to the Supreme Court through a GOP-controlled Senate, when Republicans refused to even consider a judge just because he was nominated by Obama, is wishful thinking in the extreme.
Biden has been very liberal in his use of Obama's name in his campaign, frequently touting his connection to the former president in debates and at campaign events. For his part, Obama has been largely silent on the 2020 race, just as he was during the 2016 election—although he reportedly pressured Biden not to run at all. While it's not clear if he would take a Supreme Court nomination, there does seem to be at least one instance where he would wade into the current primary battle. According to reporting from Politico, "when [Vermont senator Bernie Sanders] seemed like more of a threat than he does now, Obama said privately that if Bernie were running away with the nomination, Obama would speak up to stop him."
Democratic presidential candidates are starting to endorse the bold strategy of court-packing.
Originally Appeared on GQ