March 23, 2016

Awkward: Ted Strickland Fundraised With Biden After Railing Against The Biden Rule

President Obama’s lame duck Supreme Court nomination is one topic Ted Strickland probably avoided during his closed-door fundraiser with Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday.

Strickland has spent the days since he emerged from a bruising primary railing against Republican calls to hold on considering President Obama’s liberal Supreme Court nominee until Americans have weighed in via November’s election.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Al Sharpton on Sunday, Strickland even characterized senate resistance to confirming Merrick Garland as “an insult” to President Obama:

Strickland’s statement may make for some awkward small talk with Biden, who famously argued against scheduling confirmation hearings for any “election year nomination” by then-President George H.W. Bush:

Strickland was making his fourth run for Congress as Biden said those words, and he apparently had no objection at the time.

Strickland has yet to explain why he doesn’t believe Biden deserves the same criticism he’s lobbing at Republicans, and any curious Ohio voters had to pay at least $500 to get a chance to ask. Biden and Strickland didn’t appear publicly, so the only interaction most Ohioans had with the Democrat duo was the rush hour traffic jams created by the VP’s motorcade.