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Old 04-02-2019, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Sam Stone View Post
I think you wouldn't even be considering a change to the court if your side had the plurality. Which means this is not a 'good government' reform, but an attempt to gain partisan advantage.

Likewise, the left was perfectly happy with the electoral college when they thought it had created a 'blue wall' for Hillary to beat Trump.

I also think that if Republicans had suggested any change at all to the Supreme Court back when it mostly swung to the left, Democrats would be howling that Fascism had arrived or that Republicans were attempting a soft coup and must be stopped.
All this, accurate or not, ignores that SCOTUS is already a partisan institution. You must realize that suggesting to the Democrats that they play softball while the Republicans play hardball is not likely to fly, right? A political institution will be treated politically, and this shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. Sure, it'd be better for the country if this weren't the case, but the only way to make that happen is with a Constitutional amendment.