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Ladies’ Man September 18, 2008

Posted by trouble97018 in Biden, News, Politics.

The New Republic

The backslapping, bloviating hero of women’s rights.
Post Date Wednesday, September 24, 2008

In January 2000, when the Supreme Court assembled to hear oral arguments attacking a pivotal section of the Violence Against Women Act, Joseph Biden was front and center. VAWA legally protects women from domestic abuse and gender-based violence, and Biden has proclaimed it the “most important legislative accomplishment” of his Senate career. But, long before the law had reached a congressional vote, Chief Justice William Rehnquist had attacked the “Civil Rights for Women” section, with which Biden sought to define gender-motivated crimes as bias or hate crimes.

As Rehnquist prepared to open the morning’s first argument, Biden did not sit somberly. Rather, the senator swiveled in his seat (conspicuous to most of us in the court’s press section), smiling cheerily and talking with nearby allies, including numerous female attorneys who had helped him shape the bill. Although Biden had no official role, he sought to signal that–in what he described that day as a “titanic struggle”–neither he nor the women around him would go quietly in defeat. Source Article



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