Congressional Democrats on Thursday tabled laws aimed at increasing the number of Supreme Court justices. The bill, put forward by Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) And Congressman Jerry Nadler (DN.Y.) and endorsed by House Democrats Hank Johnson and Mondaire Jones, would increase the number of judges from the current nine to thirteen-four Sit in the nation’s highest court. The bill came exactly a week after President Biden announced the formation of a commission to investigate the addition of seats to the court – and the day before that commission’s first meeting – and can in many ways be a direct response to the failure of that committee considered to impress anyone but the Federal Society.
Biden has so far ignored the bill. House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi has made him better and shot it down immediately. She told reporters that she would not let the vote come into the house.
The gap between Democrats who want to do something about the conservative takeover of the courts and those who couldn’t, couldn’t be deeper – or clearer. On one side, you have a group of people who saw Mitch McConnell and the Republicans rigging the court: Barack Obama stole a seat to appoint Neil Gorsuch, upheld the alleged rape attempt by Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett afterwards to be confirmed The 2020 elections had already started. These Democrats are tired of being trampled on by Republicans willing to use raw political power to reshape the definition of justice in this country. Now that they have power, they just want to use it to defend the people who voted for them.
But these Democrats, who are aggressively reshaping the courts to counter what the Republicans have already done, have to keep fighting internal battles against other Democrats who want … well, I don’t know what they want. The Democrats who oppose judicial reform are to the Nothing. They have no other, more incremental, less radical plan to address long-term Republican control of the courts. You have no plan at all. They only offer acceptance of the illegitimate Republican gains on the court. They suggest just hugging it with Republicans (literally) and only advise fear of what Republicans will do if Democrats take protective measures. In response to Republicans stealing their lunch money, the Democratic leadership’s solution is to get used to hunger.
I would like to criticize Pelosi’s policy of reforming the Supreme Court, but she offers none for me to criticize. She promised when the Democrats attempted to retake the house in 2018 that she would open an investigation into the many ethical complaints about Kavanaugh, but she has done nothing to bring him to justice. According to Barrett’s confirmation She said, “The manipulation of the President’s Supreme Court threatens the very values and rights that define and differentiate our nation.” But she turns down an opportunity to immediately counter this manipulation without bothering to tell people why. The establishment wing of the Democratic Party seems to be practicing the most cynical form of politics: They want to complain about the problem, not solve the problem.