I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. All one needs to do to gain untold levels of knowledge and insight on anything is tune into “The View” on a daily basis and listen to the renowned expert opinions of the hosts; particularly Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, and Sunny Hostin.
Such was the case of Tuesday’s “episode,” when noted legal scholar Sunny Hostin presented a “brilliant” argument on how Democrats increasing the number of Justices on the Supreme Court — commonly referred to as “packing the Court” — would actually be “unpacking” the Court. See what I mean? The depth of knowledge is breathtaking.
She's a legal analyst for ABC??! Sunny Hostin spins: Dems adding justices is actually ‘UNpacking’ Supreme Court
Like, putting more shoes in your suitcase is "unpacking" it?https://t.co/4s5PkhlaSD
— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) October 27, 2020
Here we go.
“We all know the Republican Party has been packing the Supreme Court for decades. They’ve been packing the judiciary for decades. Trump has put now three justices on the Supreme Court and just dozens and dozens of judges on the federal judiciary. So I think what we’re going to see is perhaps the Democrats unpacking the Supreme Court so that there’s more of a balance.”
Astonishingly, Hostin is actually a lawyer — which didn’t stop her from making stuff up on the fly, the more she talked.
“Because right now the Supreme Court does not reflect the values of America. The Supreme Court now reflects the minority of the values of America. That is important because it’s supposed to really reflect what is a balance of American values, with a swing justice deciding what the law is.
“And that is not what we are seeing now. So this is going to lead, I think, to an unpacking of [the] Court which may lead to 13 justices which would reflect the federal appeals courts around the country.”
Recently-added cohost Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer for The New York Times who left in July after (correctly) claiming the paper engages “self-censorship” to appease more-progressive readers, wasn’t buying what Hostin was selling.
“I’m confused about what Sunny’s saying about packing and unpacking the court. Packing the court is about adding more justices to the bench which is something that people like AOC and Ilhan Omar is [sic] advocating for. Packing the court doesn’t mean appointing justices that some people don’t like.”
At this point, Whoopi Goldberg tried to throw the towel into the ring in an attempt to save Hostin from herself, telling Weiss that Hostin was actually talking about the lower courts, but Hostin interrupted her and asked: “Can I correct Bari on something? I was talking about the Supreme Court, you’re wrong.”
Lmao. "Schools" her by not even using the actual definition of court-packing, but redefining it to mean "normal judicial appointments to open seats." https://t.co/QurG7qLZbV
— Unwoke Duffy ☦ (@TheIllegit) October 28, 2020
Hostin then launched into another condescending rant.
“I was, in particular, talking about the Supreme Court being packed and I used those words very specifically. In order to unpack the Supreme Court, meaning unpack the culture, unpack the values that are on the Supreme Court — in order to do that you would have to add either term limits, age limits, or you would have to add justices, which would then balance the Supreme Court, which would lead to an unpacking.”
Uh-huh. See what she did, there? Hostin switched her argument from unpacking the Court to unpacking the “culture” and “values” that she claimed, “are on the Supreme Court.” What is that? What culture and values are institutionalized on the Court?
Let’s unpack that, which was a typical left-wing ploy — a ploy that Democrats have most recently employed from the moment Donald Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his choice to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. One of those Democrats was Joe Biden himself.
“The only court-packing is going on right now — it’s going on with Republicans packing the court now. It’s not constitutional.”
Joe Biden: "The only court packing is going on right now — it's going on with Republicans packing the court now. It's not constitutional." pic.twitter.com/nSySmeVdkv
— The Hill (@thehill) October 10, 2020
Yeah, no, Joe. Even CNN said you were wrong:
This is false. Legal experts say there is nothing unconstitutional about Barrett’s confirmation process. When asked by CNN, the Biden campaign argued that the Senate’s push to confirm Barrett ahead of the election doesn’t violate a specific clause of the Constitution, but people’s constitutional right to have a say in who makes the nomination.
According to his campaign, Biden’s comments refer to the principles and spirit of the Constitution, which they insist the effort to confirm Barrett before the election violates.
What are “the principles and spirit” of the Constitution? Other than ruling on cases based on the original intent of the text as written by the Founding Fathers?
The Left loathes originalism and textualism, of course, choosing instead to place activist judges not only the Supreme Court but the lower courts, as well, who will, they hope, rule on cases in the role of extra-legislators rather than constitutionally-bound judges — all in an attempt to affect change that the Left cannot achieve through the legislative process.
This is as good a time as any to point to the hypocrisy of the Left. If the tables were turned and Chucky Schumer was the Majority Leader of the Senate, with Hillary Clinton facing an election battle right around the corner, the Democrats would’ve done exactly what Trump, McConnell & Co. did. They know it. We know it. And they know we know they know it.
In other ACB news, as reported by my colleague Shipwrecked crew on Tuesday, attempts to impeach Amy Coney Barrett are already underway.
Shocked? Me, neither. Then again, I’ll have to check in with Sunny Hostin to find out how I’m wrong.