Saturday, October 10, 2020

100 Words: Should Democrats seek to pack the Supreme Court?

If they do, what is to stop a future Republican majority from expanding — or shrinking — the courts in turn? The answer is nothing. That is the problem. While I agree that Republicans must pay a price for the dangerous risk they took with the country, we desperately need to preserve the stability of our wavering democratic institutions. Only in the direst circumstances should an act like packing the Supreme Court be contemplated. Alas, we are in such circumstances. A 6-3 Trump majority court will doom every effort to save us from climate change, economic ruin, and catastrophic injustice. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure,” Lincoln says in his Gettysburg Address. That’s where we are now, too. I say, in for a penny, in for a pound: add four justices to insure a 7-6 majority.

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