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Pack Rats

The idea of “court packing” the US Supreme Court has been getting attention lately, in the wake of Mitch McConnell and the Republican controlled Senate ramming through the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett less than a month before the presidential election.

The media seems intent on pressing Joe Biden — including during Biden’s town hall last night — to announce whether he would favor adding new members to the Court if he is elected.

There is a good argument to be made that the Republicans unpacked the Supreme Court by refusing to consider Merrick Garland, bringing the size of the court down to 8 seats in 2016. This then allowed them to repack the court during Donald Trump’s administration, appointing three justices.

This doesn’t include hundreds of other federal court judge appointments that were delayed during Obama’s administration, but were then rushed through during the Trump administration, stacking the federal court system with staunch conservatives who are barely qualified for the job.

Even worse, the media seems to be ignoring that Republicans have been doing lots of court packing with little notice at the state level. In the last decade alone there have been at least 10 attempts at court packing of state supreme courts, and nearly all of them have been driven by the GOP. Two of those attempts (both by Republicans) have succeeded, in Arizona and Georgia.

The bottom line is that Republicans are all for shenanigans in the court system when it benefits them, but denounce it when Democrats even think about using it to restore balance in the federal courts. Why is the media playing along with this?

© Jen Sorensen


  1. Hassan wrote:

    Leaving aside the hypocrisy and double standard, as a conservative, I have really loved Neil Gorsuch. Kavanaugh is meh so far, but Neil Gorsuch is someone even liberals should appreciate as best scenario of having a Republican pick a judge.

    Looking at Amy Coney Barrett, even as conservative (non-Trumpian kind), she seems not very smart. She does not seem to be independent and critical thinker likes of Scalia, Roberts, Gorsuch. She will be like Thomas most likely.

    Anyway, in a fair world, Merrick Garland should have been in court followed by Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh (for RBG).

    Friday, October 16, 2020 at 9:07 am | Permalink
  2. Wildwood wrote:

    I hope they pack away. It’s legal and so there’s little reason not to. What’s good for the elephant is good for the donkey.

    Amy Coney Barrett belongs to a sect that espouses doing as your man tells you, so in essence, her decisions might not be hers. I think we need to vet Mr. Barrett as well.

    There’s a lot of talk that religion should not be questioned when choosing a justice. I think it’s very relevant. It’s part of who a person is. Sometimes a huge part. If a Satanist were the nominee, you can bet that it would be a major consideration. Same if the person was Islamic. We have gone from “Oh my, John Kennedy is a catholic to having a majority on the Supreme court in a relatively short time. Perhaps we need to try and avoid having such a one sided court as pertains to religious beliefs.

    Friday, October 16, 2020 at 10:37 am | Permalink

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