Saturday, October 24, 2020

Joe Biden’s Court-Packing Commission Should Fool Nobody and Satisfy Nobody; After dodging questions about court packing, Biden floats commission to study judicial reforms, and related stories

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Joe Biden’s Court-Packing Commission Should Fool Nobody and Satisfy Nobody:
Well, we finally have Joe Biden’s response to the demand for an answer to his plans for Court-packing, the single most radical and destructive proposal on the table in this election. It’s . . . an obvious non-answer.
As you will recall from the primaries, Biden thought that Court-packing — expanding the size of the Supreme Court solely in order to add judges who will produce the outcomes he wants — was a bad idea likely to set off endless rounds of partisan retaliation. This is in line with his past remarks in 1987 and 2005 describing Court-packing as a dangerous, corrupt power grab. Even Bernie Sanders agreed with Biden on this. Court-packing also polls terribly with the general public; a late-September ABC News/Washington Post poll found voters opposed 54–32, an early October Washington Examiner/YouGov poll found voters opposed 47–34 (with independents opposed 45–32), and the latest New York Times/Siena poll found voters opposed 58–31. The latter poll found Court-packing opposed by 65 percent of independents, 28 percent of Democrats, 48 percent of Hispanics, 32 percent of black voters, 71 percent of men, and a majority in every region of the country. Multiple Democrats in tight Senate races have run away from Court-packing:
Michigan incumbent senator Gary Peters (in a tight race against GOP challenger John James) is one, and he’s joined by a handful of challengers to Republican incumbents: Mark Kelly (facing Martha McSally in Arizona), Jon Ossoff (facing David Perdue in Georgia), Theresa Greenfield (facing Joni Ernst in Iowa), Sara Gideon (facing Susan Collins in Maine), and Cal Cunningham (facing Thom Tillis in North Carolina). --->READ MORE HERE
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After dodging questions about court packing, Biden floats commission to study judicial reforms:
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that if elected he will convene a bipartisan commission of constitutional scholars to examine judicial reforms, asserting there are “a number of alternatives” that go “well beyond” expanding the Supreme Court.
“If elected, what I will do is I'll put together a national commission of — bipartisan commission of scholars, constitutional scholars, Democrats, Republicans, liberal, conservative. And I will ask them to over 180 days come back to me with recommendations as to how to reform the court system because it's getting out of whack,” Biden told CBS’ Norah O’Donnell in an interview set to air this weekend on “60 Minutes.”
The comments are one of the clearest answers yet the Democratic presidential nominee has given to repeated questions about whether he would “pack” the court by nominating additional justices in order to restore its ideological balance. Both Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, have sidestepped the subject or refused outright to lay out their positions on the issue. --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to related stories:

Court-packing? Biden suggests a judicial commission, which gets eye-rolls from left and right.

McConnell on Biden’s court commission plan: ‘Court packing ought to be completely unacceptable’

Biden Intends to Create Bipartisan Commission to Study Court Overhaul

Joe Biden plans to set up blue-ribbon commission on court changes

Biden Offloads Court Packing Decision To Commission Which Will Study Overhaul Options

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