It wasn’t all that long ago that the Left and the media (but I repeat myself) were as fired up about packing the Supreme Court (and destroying its legitimacy utterly) as they currently are about rigging all the elections through HR 1 and eliminating the filibuster. The matter had gone far enough that the dictionaries were being revised as the media loudly insisted that “court-packing” was just a term that Republicans had recently made up.
Then Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the patron saint of Democrats, warned them it was a terrible idea.
“Nine seems to be a good number. It’s been that way for a long time,” Ginsburg said, speaking to NPR.
“I think it was a bad idea when President Franklin Roosevelt tried to pack the court,” Ginsburg noted.
Funny how RBG referred to court-packing and not judicial reform, or whatever euphemism the lefty media had settled on.
Anyway, back to remind the Democrats that court-packing is a terrible idea is the oldest surviving Democrat on the court.
Justice Stephen Breyer on Tuesday said liberal advocates of big changes at the Supreme Court, including expanding the number of justices, should think “long and hard” about what they’re proposing.
His talk, Breyer said, “seeks to make those whose initial instincts may favor important structural (or other similar institutional) changes, such as forms of ‘court-packing,’ think long and hard before embodying those changes in law.”
Breyer’s speech was part of Harvard’s Scalia Lecture Series, named for the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Breyer and Scalia were high-court colleagues for more than two decades.
Note also that Breyer uses the term “court-packing”, while Politico avoids doing so.
RBG and Breyer’s lefty credentials are impressive. They’ve both warned their younger political allies against court-packing, but much like the warnings against destroying the filibuster, it’s all being fed into the clickbait buzzsaw of the Washington Post, Slate, BuzzFeed, and the usual garbage machine which will go on shouting that all their preferred measures for imposing a one-party state are right and proper, and opponents of it are racist bigots who ought to be hanged in the public square before being subjected to non-stop readings of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Ibram X. Kendi.
And the revolution goes on devouring its ancestors.
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