The vacancy presents a dilemma for [Joseph R. Biden Jr.], who has been spending much of his time campaigning for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination. Biden, who has drawn some criticism for being a part-time chairman, will have a prime opportunity for national television exposure, but at the expense of precious time on the hustings in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Biden will also come under strong pressure from liberal groups to block a conservative nominee, regardless of intellectual or legal credentials. But Biden, like many other Senate Democrats, has been reluctant to oppose judicial nominees solely on ideological grounds.
Estelle Rogers, director of the Federation of Women Lawyers, criticized Biden's earlier comments on [Robert H. Bork]. "He has already given the Biden seal of approval to a potential Bork nomination. He should probably retract his endorsement," she said.
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