If there were ever a political version of tilting at windmills, the hard left’s effort to pack the Supreme Court would be it. This particular proposal materialized last September after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which led to former President Donald Trump appointing Justice Amy Coney Barrett much to the Democrats’ chagrin.
While the idea gained traction among far-left progressives who are terrified at the idea of a conservative-leaning court standing in the way of their agenda, moderates in the Democratic Party were not too keen on the idea. The Marxist crowd continually badgered President Joe Biden to take steps towards adding more Supreme Court justices even though he had previously rejected the idea.
In order to get the loud socialists out of his hair, Biden threw them a bone in the form of a bipartisan commission tasked with looking into potential changes to the judiciary. However, last week, the group submitted their findings without coming to a consensus on the makeup of the Supreme Court. In short, they didn’t recommend adding more judges to the highest court in the land.
Even the Washington Post’s editorial board published a piece making the case against packing the court. They wrote:
Some Democrats believe the solution is to pack the court with Democratic nominees, expanding its size, while they still have congressional majorities. This would be a historic mistake. It would sap the court’s legitimacy for no long-term benefit; Republicans could re-pack the court the next time they controlled Congress and the White House.
But even more important than the commission’s findings and WaPo’s assessment of the situation, the American people don’t favor adding more justices. A Morning Consult poll published in late April found a low percentage of Americans are keen on the idea.
From the report:
Just 26% of voters say Congress should pass a law allowing more than nine justices to serve on the Supreme Court, compared with 46% of voters who say it should allow only nine justices to serve.
Those figures are essentially unchanged from a poll conducted in fall 2020, including among Democratic voters.
However, this has not stopped at least some progressives from pushing this braindead idea. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), also known as “Fauxcahontas,” penned an op-ed for the Boston Globe calling for packing the Supreme Court.
In the piece, Fauxcahontas brought up the possibility that the court might uphold Mississippi’s abortion law which forbids the termination of a pregnancy after 15 weeks. She suggested it is “threatening to eliminate Roe v. Wade and a person’s right to choose.”
With each move, the court shows why it’s important to restore America’s faith in an independent judiciary committed to the rule of law. To do that, I believe it’s time for Congress to yet again use its constitutional authority to expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court. I don’t come to this conclusion lightly or because I disagree with a particular decision; I come to this conclusion because I believe the current court threatens the democratic foundations of our nation.
The ”Pow Wow Chow” creator also complained about Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell blocking the appointment of Merrick Garland to the bench. She wrote:
Over the past few years, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell hijacked America’s Supreme Court. First, in 2016, he engineered the theft of one seat, breaking from longstanding precedent by denying even a hearing to President Obama’s highly qualified nominee. Four years later, he reached new heights of hypocrisy when he reversed direction — breaking his own “rule” barring votes on justices in an election year — to ram through the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett only days before President Biden’s election.
Fauxcahontas went on to warn that “the court’s 6-3 conservative supermajority will continue to threaten basic liberties for decades to come.”
The far left’s decision to continue pursuing this course of action boggles the mind. Why would folks like Fauxcahontas continue to go on the warpath against the court when everything – including public opinion – is against them? At this point, they have to know they have no chance of succeeding.
Moreover, the Democrats are embroiled in what will likely be a losing battle to maintain control over the House and Senate after the 2022 midterm elections. Do they actually believe this will be an issue that will keep them from getting massacred next year? Or perhaps folks like Warren think they can walk and chew peyote at the same time?
Actually, that might be it.
Perhaps the Democrats are under the influence of peyote which is making them imagine that pushing for packing the court is a good idea. Or maybe Occam’s Razor might reveal that the progressive types are every bit as out-of-touch as it seems.