There seems an obsession with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris not wanting to answer the question: If you’re elected, will you pack the courts?
It seems stupid to me because no one is asking Republicans: Why do Republicans insist upon putting reactionary judges whose views do not reflect the experience of common Americans on the bench?
Yada, yada yada.
I told my brother I would think about it and see what I could come up with. I told him I would write something up that could be said in two minutes. Joe and Kamala speak slowly, but I don’t.
Here’s how I think The Dems should reply next time the issue comes up:
Will Biden-Harris “pack” the supreme court?
There is no such thing as “packing” the Supreme Court.
Mitch McConnell has said that if there is a President of one party and a Senate of the same party; if there are empty seats on the Supreme court, “Fill those seats!”
The way we put people on the Supreme Court is broken. The person who broke it is Mitch McConnell.
For the last ten years, only one person, Mitch McConnell, has decided whether a person – competent or incompetent, experienced or inexperienced – would have the right to get a vote by the Senate to become a member of the federal judiciary.
One person, Mitch McConnell, for the last ten years has decided whether a candidate for the federal judiciary would become a judge. Mitch McConnell. This is not what our founders intended.
Mitch McConnell does not require “advice and consent” of the Senate.
A system where Mitch McConnell alone can dictate whether a person becomes a judge, that system is broken.
Joe Biden doesn’t set the number of justices on the Court. Congress does that.
If Congress were to explore judicial reform and decide to expand the court, Joe would consider the recommendations of Congress.
In a Joe Biden Administration, if there are empty seats on the Court, or any federal court, Joe is going to take the “advice and consent” of the Senate.
Then, Joe Biden will fill those seats.
Mitch McConnell will not stand in Joe Biden’s way; Joe Biden will fill empty Court seats.