Voter beware: The future of the Supreme Court will once again be on the ballot in 2020. The Democrats, driven to the edge of extremity by advocacy groups and left-wing fringe activists, are making sure of it. According to a new article in Politico, several prominent presidential candidates have already expressed openness to, if not a determination to, packing the Supreme Court with liberal judges to “take back” what they consider to be stolen seats.
Ramping up the number of justices in the name of turning the political tide of the court would forever delegitimize this constitutional judiciary, but the Democrats – long champions of a, cough cough, neutral court – seem to have no problem with this. If they have to slam through five more liberal justices to move the court to the left, they’re willing to do it.
Make no mistake about it, this is an “all hands on deck” situation.
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.
“We are on the verge of a crisis of confidence in the Supreme Court,” said Harris (D-Calif.). “We have to take this challenge head on, and everything is on the table to do that.”
Expanding the Supreme Court would amount to a historic power play by the next Democratic president and Congress, requiring an intense legislative fight and the abandonment of many judicial and congressional norms.
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.
In a way, this plot to revamp the Supreme Court is more dangerous than all the talk of socialism, Medicare-for-all, free college, climate change, and Green New Deals combined. This is something the Democrats can actually do if they get into power. And after the ridiculous show they made of Brett Kavanaugh, do not doubt for a minute that they are willing to go for it. And “go for it,” in this instance, means not only packing the court with liberals but with extreme liberals – the type that currently populate courts like the Ninth Circuit.
If Democrats want to make sure that Republicans are energized for the next election, talk of packing the Supreme Court is an excellent way to do it. Let’s hope everyone is listening.