Democrats Launch New Supreme Court Scheme

Democrats Launch New Supreme Court Scheme

( – Democrats have expressed concerns in the wake of the recent shift in power in the United States Supreme Court. The court’s current balance gives conservatives an advantage by a 6-3 margin after conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett replaced liberal icon, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Democrats have been plotting for months to come up with a scheme to seize control of the Supreme Court, and they finally revealed their plans on April 14. A group of four House Democrats led by House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) announced a new bill to expand the nation’s highest court from 9 to 13 justices.

It’s All About the Math

The justification for the increased number of justices relies on basic math and not the law or the US Constitution. As Nadler explained, the number of Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal has expanded to 13 since the end of the Century. To him, balancing out 13 appeals courts with 13 Supreme Court justices makes perfect sense. It’s all about the math.

He briefly offered some interesting arguments for an expanded court like new laws governing the internet, antitrust issues, civil rights, and the like. However, his accomplice Sen. John Markey (D-MA) let the cat out of the bag when he proclaimed that “Republicans stole the Court’s majority” when they put Brett Kavanaugh on the bench. They completed their “crime spree” by getting Barrett on the bench.

What Does This Mean?

Republicans have pushed back at the idea of court-packing, and rightly so. Among other things, court-packing, or adding additional members to the bench to skew the balance of power, could set off a chain of events giving whichever party controls Congress and the White House the power to upset the balance of the court forever.

Republicans know that who holds Congress and the White House changes from time to time, and that’s why they resist the temptation to pack the courts — a trait the Democrats appear to lack. It’s the very same reason they don’t want to alter the filibuster. The times may be changing, but good governance never goes out of style.

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