If you listened to Joe Biden’s unhinged speech Friday concerning the Supreme Court’s overthrowing Roe v. Wade, you’d think he was an angry, bitter old man who had spent his life entire fighting for the abortion cause. He called the decision the product of “extreme ideology,” and blamed Trump and the three justices he appointed for this “sad day for the Court and for the country.”
You might wonder, then, who the guy is who said this:
Cannot overstate just how far left Biden has moved on abortion
— Zach Parkinson (@AZachParkinson) June 24, 2022
The man in the tweet doesn’t look like today’s Joe Biden, doesn’t sound like today’s Joe Biden, and certainly doesn’t have the same opinions as today’s Joe Biden.
“I do not view abortion as a choice or a right,” he says in the 2006 video. “I think it’s always a tragedy. And I think it should be rare and safe, and I think we should be focusing on how to limit the numbers of abortions, and we oughta be able to have a common ground and consensus to do that.”
I believe that a woman’s right to choose is fundamental, Roe has been the law of the land for almost fifty years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned.
HIs views, like so many of his positions, have radically evolved over time, so that they are no longer recognizable. From a 2021 story in the New York Times:
Mr. Biden entered the Senate in 1973 as a 30-year-old practicing Catholic who soon concluded that the Supreme Court went “too far” on abortion rights in the Roe case. He told an interviewer the following year that a woman shouldn’t have the “sole right to say what should happen to her body.” By the time he left the vice president’s mansion in early 2017, he was a 74-year-old who argued a far different view: that government doesn’t have “a right to tell other people that women, they can’t control their body,” as he put it in 2012.
Biden declined to be interviewed for the Times article, but a spokesman told the paper that Biden is a supporter of the Roe decision who mounted a fierce opposition to Robert H. Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court in 1987. The Bork hearings were one of the nastiest partisan affairs in the history of the Senate and led to the verbal combat that current Supreme Court Hearings routinely descend into. You can thank the late Sen. Edward Kennedy and Biden for that.
In 2019, Biden ran for the Democratic presidential nomination and faced criticism for his support of the Hyde Amendment, which banned federal funding for abortions. Being a man of principle, he quickly dropped his opposition and became the abortion warrior he is today.
I urge President Biden to flip flop (again), support the Hyde Amendment, and protect the lives of the unborn!
— Bryan Steil (@RepBryanSteil) January 28, 2021
Biden is no stranger to flip-flopping—in fact he looks like a stranded catfish on the issue of crime, where he changes positions depending on which way the wind is blowing. He was hard on crime in 1994 and 1986, but now whines about the effects of the very laws he championed, as if it’s all someone else’s fault. He’s for defunding the police, then he’s against defunding the police — who knows.
As RedState’s Sister Toldjah writes, Biden’s been “showing Americans who he really is – a feckless leader who is entirely beholden to extreme special interest groups on the far left who would turn this country into something oppressive and unrecognizable if left to their own devices.”
What’s clear is that Biden’s principles change depending on the political moment. For now, he’s decided to go full Lefty and be friends with the Progressive crowd. If the winds shift again, you can guarantee his positions will, too.