Even when Joe Biden does his best to please the extreme left, it’s never quite enough.
A new “commission” established by Biden to study court-packing and other potential Supreme Court reforms has conservatives on guard, but liberal groups are angry that change isn’t happening fast enough, with some fearing that the president has no real intentions of expanding the high court, The Washington Times reports.
Both sides unhappy with Biden
At the height of the 2020 election campaign, Biden infamously refused to say one way or the other whether he would pack the court. His silence led many to conclude that he was in fact going to do it, but feared scaring moderate voters.
Conservative fears were vindicated last week when Biden established a “study commission” to examine the issue, but some liberals are not satisfied.
“There is nothing productive that is going to come from this,” Josh Blackman, a professor at South Texas College of Law, told the Times. “If anything, this report will probably counsel against expanding the court.”
Blackman also accused Biden of “trying to do something to placate the base.” It’s “a delay tactic,” he said.
The make-up of the panel, which includes Ivy League professors like anti-Trump partisan Laurence Tribe, and which is co-chaired by a Biden campaign adviser, would suggest the opposite is true. Conservatives say they’re outnumbered on the panel by a two-to-one ratio.
Conservatives on guard
Indeed, conservatives say that Biden appears to be placating the right, not the left, before moving ahead with the radical scheme anyway. Carrie Severino, of the Judicial Crisis Network, called the “commission” a mere “fig leaf” to the right.
“Biden’s position on that is 100% determined by his political calculus,” she said, according to the Times.
Along with ending the filibuster, court-packing has become a priority for a hard left frustrated with the pace of change. Liberals argue that conservative gains on the judiciary under Donald Trump, who shifted the Supreme Court to the right, were somehow illegitimate and have to be “balanced.”
But the push had faced vocal opposition spanning the spectrum, from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who has faced activist pressure to retire early for his criticism, Fox News reports.
Perhaps the left simply needs to hold tight — but making noise hasn’t failed them so far, has it?