Flanked by fellow Democrats outside the Supreme Court building, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) officially announced on Thursday his party’s plans to “pack” and expand the nation’s high court, in what other Dems have admitted is an effort to “undo” a shift in the court’s ideological balance brought on by the GOP.
Nadler’s justification for the long-anticipated move was couched in thinly veiled political rhetoric that many said bordered on nonsensical. “We’re not packing [the court], we’re unpacking it,” he explained, according to the Daily Caller.
Dems try to justify court-packing efforts
Nadler was joined by Reps. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Mondaire Jones (D-NY), as well as Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), who claimed Republicans had somehow “stolen” two Supreme Court seats.
“We can undo the damage that the Republicans have done by restoring balance. And we do it by adding four seats to the court to create a 13-member Supreme Court,” Markey said, according to Breitbart.
This is a more audacious form of an argument Democrats have been making the past several years: by shifting the Supreme Court to the right, former President Donald Trump somehow “corrupted” the institution. Apparently, the Supreme Court’s purpose is to rubber-stamp whatever liberals want.
More recently, Democrats have sought to change the definition of court-packing from expanding the Supreme Court, as has been commonly understood, to simply filling vacant seats. That would make Trump, who constitutionally filled three such vacancies, guilty as charged.
“Sen. [Mitch] McConnell and Republicans packed the court over the last couple of years as Senator Markey outlined. This is a reaction to that,” Nadler said, according to the Daily Caller.
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President Joe Biden recently formed an academic “commission” to “study” potential reforms to the high court, including adding justices, but many see the move as essentially bogus, an attempt to provide a veneer of legitimacy to a partisan power grab.
After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she would not bring Nadler’s legislation to a vote Thursday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) speculated that she is simply demurring until the time is right to put the pedal to the metal.
“I think she’s waiting for the commission that the president of the United States put in place, which I think is very biased to the left, and when that commission comes back and recommends they pack the court, then she’ll bring the bill to the floor,” he said, according to the New York Post.
Some have noted that Democrats including Markey said that the court “needs nine” in 2016, when they were agitating for then-Judge Merrick Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
However, it seems Democrats have made their intentions pretty clear, and they’re not ashamed of their own hypocrisy.