Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Should Trump add six or more seats to the Supreme Court right now? After All, It was the Democrats' Idea

Eh, why not? All the cool kids are talking about it for 2021, according to Politico, without any apparent worry about what might happen in 2019 and 2020. Several Democratic contenders now say they’ll add seats to the Supreme Court to spite Mitch McConnell over Merrick Garland and what they call unprecedented packing of the federal court.
But what if the current occupant of the White House plays that game first?
Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand told POLITICO they would not rule out expanding the Supreme Court if elected president, showcasing a new level of interest in the Democratic field on an issue that has until recently remained on the fringes of debate.
The surprising openness from White House hopefuls along with other prominent Senate Democrats to making sweeping changes — from adding seats to the high court to imposing term limits on judges and more — comes as the party is eager to chip away at the GOP’s growing advantage in the courts. …
But Democrats say that after Republicans blocked Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland and other lower court judges during President Barack Obama’s final term only to quickly fill those vacancies, the party needs an equally bruising response.
Never mentioned in this article is a whole lotta context behind the Garland fight, including two separate declarations by Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer about blocking Republican picks in the final year of a presidency, circumstances that never emerged at those times. Miguel Estrada never gets a mention, nor Schumer’s long track record of blocking a number of other judicial appointments from George W. Bush. Democrats can thank themselves for McConnell’s current ease in confirming nominees, a point which Politico does raise — to allow some Senate Democrats to express their regret.
Read the rest from Ed Morrissey HERE.

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