As if there were any question as to whether there’s any difference left between the major newspapers and lefty blogs, compare the opinion piece in today’s Washington Post to yesterday’s piece in Vox making the case for packing the Supreme Court by adding a few progressive judges, an idea tried by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Now David Faris, author of “It’s Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics,” is arguing that court-packing is the only way to save democracy:
Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court, and President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to succeed him, is the doomsday scenario liberals feared when Senate Republicans thwarted the appointment of Merrick Garland in 2016: The GOP’s brazen act of democratic sabotage will almost certainly deliver the high court to the far right for a generation. In the years ahead, the court will probably further erode reproductive rights, gay rights and voting rights, ushering in the darkest era in American history since the post-Reconstruction period.
Should Democrats gain unified control of government in 2021, they ought to consider this more complete story of court-packing. Before contemplating such unprecedented action, Democrats should offer Republicans a truce in the decades-long judicial wars: the illegitimate Neil Gorsuch resigns, and both parties support a constitutional amendment eliminating lifetime tenure on the Supreme Court, capping service at 18 years.
That’s funny: Vox founder Ezra Klein also began only recently to float the idea that justices should be appointed for 18-year terms. Also funny: We don’t remember anyone talking about needed to “fix” the Supreme Court during the Obama years.
Funniest of all: the idea that President Trump might take their advice and pack the court with conservatives before midterms.
"Perspective: A Thing Not Present In This Op-Ed" https://t.co/LrbFQ8ZDMd
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) July 10, 2018
'When they regain power' https://t.co/F2ZGJcTZOY
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) July 10, 2018
I remember when Democrats waited until they actually had power back before they started brainstorming ways to abuse it. https://t.co/IZiC4k8ce4
— Small Metal Owl (@SmallMetalOwl) July 10, 2018
Another leftist openly speaks of court packing when leftists get power.
They are dead serious, and are comfortable saying it now, when Trump could do it, because they know their opposition has the ethics they lack. https://t.co/Kw1SnZtl1u
— Progressivism Demands Tyranny (@Melvin_Udall_) July 10, 2018
If Trump decided to save democracy by proposing this tonight, this article would be memory-holed by morning. https://t.co/2z8fQZ9ON0
— Brian Grayson (@djslybri) July 10, 2018
The next Democrat president should increase the size of the Supreme Court to “save democracy”. That seems pretty dubious to me but … I dunno … if it’s really such a good idea then Trump could save them some time. https://t.co/Q5HEKLbboy
— Bruce Hoult (@BruceHoult) July 10, 2018
In the years ahead, the court will probably further erode reproductive rights, gay rights and voting rights, ushering in the *darkest era in American history* since the post-Reconstruction period.
It's been over 4 hours and now I have to see a doctor. https://t.co/0iFrXum8B5
— Arthur Kimes (@ComradeArthur) July 10, 2018
We see what you did there.
“the illegitimate Gorsuch must be made to resign”
This crew of radicals aren’t going away unless the voters in 2018 and 2020 rebuke them badly at the polls by voting for Trump and the GOP. https://t.co/R67fBwCh4l
— SteveAustinWI (@SteveAustinWI) July 10, 2018
"It became necessary to destroy democracy in order to save it." https://t.co/5eouoCKVtq
— David Gaw (@davidgaw) July 10, 2018
One does not "save democracy" by embracing the tactics of Hugo Chavezhttps://t.co/ULDa4WuZo7
— Alex Christy (@alexchristy17) July 10, 2018
Because it worked SO well the last time. https://t.co/wpOfQnz6rX
— Tyler Hillier (@tyler_hillier5) July 10, 2018
“You're crazy” – Son of Sam https://t.co/Fv3cQjSvfJ
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) July 10, 2018
Court packing. To save democracy.
The irony is too thick. https://t.co/P6aKPqmYD7
— Back off, War Child (@silver_shots) July 10, 2018
Liberals: Saving Democracy requires burning it down until we get into power. LOL. https://t.co/vJsLlTIvMH
— LebrobeBramesPups (@MikeEllisCope) July 10, 2018
This is an awful idea. Wow. https://t.co/vS4NsmD830
— Martin Shnayder (@Marty_Shnayder) July 10, 2018
This actually got published. https://t.co/h6HTN9iPBn
— Deacon Chris (@DeaconChrisF) July 10, 2018
Orwell couldn’t have crafted a better headline https://t.co/9pMZGMhOFJ
— Virginia Yankee (@RusselHenderso1) July 10, 2018
Sure, cause nothing says democracy like the rule of unelected judges who are accountable to no one. https://t.co/vf0vkezh27
— Alice Teller (@AliceTeller) July 10, 2018
Save democracy by packing and empowering 11 unelected people in black robes to run your life! Didn’t really think this one through, did you? ¯_(ツ)_/¯ https://t.co/4XMBaRuX18
— Joe (@JoeC1776) July 10, 2018
OLD Leftist opinion, after Obamacare and Gay Marriage rulings:
"Sorry, Conservatives: you can't always get what you want."
NEW Leftist opinion, this morning:
"We need to pack the courts, to get the results we want!" https://t.co/tFXZYzUjSM
— justturnright (@justturnright) July 10, 2018
Nuking the filibuster worked so well — how could this possibly backfire?
Desperate much? Now Vox is explaining the Democrats' 'nuclear option' to fix SCOTUS https://t.co/kOzdsYk6HO
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 9, 2018