Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg addresses supporters at a campaign event, Thursday, May 9, 2019, in West Hollywood, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
No one has ever thought of this.
Pete Buttigieg has went from the moderate who likes Chick-Fil-A to one of the most far-left candidates in the 2020 Democrat party seemingly overnight. He continues his march toward crazy by adopting a favorite fetish of liberals everywhere, namely packing the Supreme Court.
Because if you don’t like the results, just change the system right?
WASHINGTON — As Democrats agonize over a spate of state laws restricting abortion rights and even a potential reversal of Roe v. Wade, one 2020 presidential candidate is putting an ambitious, long-shot plan to reform the Supreme Court front-and-center of his campaign.
Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has talked about his plan to overhaul the high court since his first days as a candidate. In short, it calls for expanding the number of justices from nine to 15, with five affiliated with Democrats, five affiliated with Republicans, and five apolitical justices chosen by the first 10.
Anyone think a court packing plan put forth by Donald Trump would be met with descriptors like “ambitious?” Of course not. Ambitious is what the media call insanely stupid ideas that come from Democrats. Elizabeth Warren’s student loan plan isn’t incredibly unworkable and dumb. No, it’s “ambitious.” You get the idea.
While Buttigieg’s plan isn’t actually ambitious, it’s completely unconstitutional.
Let’s start with the fact that idea that two political parties, which do not exist within our constitutional framework, would somehow be in charge of appointing people to the court. That makes absolutely no sense and would disenfranchise those who don’t belong to either group. It’s akin to the communist system in China, where the communists have a party who then “appoint” whoever they want to positions of power without voters having a say.
Secondly, the power to appoint justices is written into the Constitution as solely the purview of the executive, with confirmation coming from the Senate. It would take a constitutional amendment to enact Buttigieg’s plan and that’s so unrealistic as to not even be worth discussing.
In an NBC News interview in front of the Supreme Court, Buttigieg said he would support “whatever Supreme Court reform will depoliticize this body” and stop the court from being viewed as “an almost nakedly political institution.”
Oh I see. We’ll depoliticize the Supreme Court by having the two major political parties pick the justices….wait what?
Here’s Buttigieg talking about his plan
“The reform of not just expanding the number of members but doing it in a way where some of them are selected on a consensus, nonpartisan basis, it’s a very promising way to do it,” Buttigieg said. “There may be others. But the point is, we’ve got to get out of where we are now, where any time there is an opening, there is an apocalyptic, ideological firefight. It harms the court, it harms the country and it leads to outcomes like we have right now.”
Anyone see the problem with what he’s saying?
It is Democrats who have turned the court’s appointment process into the circus it is today. When Obama had two openings early in his Presidency, they got broad support from Republicans despite the fact that they were left-wing ideologues. It wasn’t until an election year opening of Scalia’s seat that Republicans said they weren’t going to just rubber stamp a replacement. Regardless, Republicans didn’t accuse Merrick Garland of rape, slander him in the media nonstop, and proclaim people would die if he got confirmed. They simply chose not to give their consent, which is their legal right.
The Democrat party is 100% responsible for the partisan rancor present in Supreme Court appointments. They started it back in the 80s with Bork and Thomas. They continued it with Gorsuch and Kavanaugh under Trump. For a Democrat to now assert he can fix the situation when it’s his party that broke is a little rich. It’s akin to Democrats now trying to “fix” healthcare after they just enacted Obamacare a little over five years ago.
Maybe people who constantly fail at things shouldn’t keep being the ones to try to fix it? Just a thought.
As to Buttigieg, good luck to him with his new plan. It’s simply a rehash of the many other court packing plans we’ve seen. There is nothing wrong with the Supreme Court. If Democrats want to stop Republican influence over it, they should try winning elections. Trying to completely change the system because they didn’t get their way smacks of the kind of third world garbage we see in places like Turkey and Venezuala. You’d think such radical ideas would have the “muh political norms” crowd up in the arms, but I guess not. That only seems to apply to Trump.