In a television interview the other night, Vice President Joe Biden was asked point-blank whether, if President Obama asked him to accept nomination to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia's death, would he say yes. This was his response:
"You never say to a president for certain you wouldn't do anything, but I have no..." -- here he leaned over into the face of interviewer Rachel Maddow -- "look at me now: I have no desire to sit on the Supreme Court. None."
Maddow, the MSNBC liberal advocate, seemed to accept that, and then asked him: "Who do you think the president should pick?"
Biden replied: "I haven't even had a chance to sit down with him yet to talk about the potential candidates. When we do, as in the past, (we will) lay out all the people, go out and survey a little bit and see who we think -- who meets those criteria and we think could have a chance of being confirmed."