Putting official Democratic Party support behind a radical idea that has been bubbling up from leftist pundits ever since Ruth Bader Ginsburg breathed her last, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), the fool who co-sponsored the absurd Green New Deal bill with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, said Saturday that the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court would leave Democrats with no choice but to pack the court upon Joe Biden’s inauguration.
“If Republicans confirm Judge Barrett, end the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court,” tweeted Markey.
As noted, Markey is hardly alone in calling for this radical change. While there is nothing specifically written into the U.S. Constitution limiting the number of Supreme Court justices to nine, that has been the size of the court going back to 1869. For a party that has complained loudly and often about Trump and the “demolishing of norms” in Washington, this is a move dripping with extremism. Essentially, they are threatening to add as many liberal judges to the court as it takes to give them an ideological majority. And by getting rid of the filibuster, they are aiming to prevent Senate Republicans from doing a thing about it.
Of course, to make any of this work, they would have to win both the White House and the Senate majority in November. Otherwise, all of their scare tactics and threats amount to so much shouting into the void. They are hoping to do two things: Use this nomination as a political cudgel they can use in their individual Senate races…and to frighten Republicans into staying their hand.
It remains to be seen if the tactic will be politically effective, but there’s virtually no chance that it will work to slow Mitch McConnell’s march forward. Trump officially nominated Barrett on Saturday, and Senate Republicans say they may be ready to put her to a vote by the end of October.
In her remarks accepting the nomination, Barrett paid tribute to the woman who’s death left a seat open: Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“Justice Ginsburg began her career at a time when women were not welcome in the legal profession,” said Barrett. “But she not only broke glass ceilings, she smashed them. For that, she has won the admiration of women across the country and indeed, all over the world. She was a woman of enormous talent and consequence, and her life of public service serves as an example to us all.”
The ugliness of this confirmation hearing may make the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh look like an average day on Sesame Street. Democrats believe – perhaps rightly, perhaps not – that legal abortion hangs in the balance. They are going to do everything in their power to protect it.