Quantcast
Connect with us

GOP’s aggression could backfire as 2020 Democrats consider expanding the Supreme Court

Published

on

When it comes to nominating Supreme Court justices, President Donald Trump has been even more right-wing than President Ronald Reagan—who nominated the far-right Justice Antonin Scalia but also nominated Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and the libertarian-leaning Justice Anthony Kennedy. The future of the Supreme Court will be an important subject for Democrats in the 2020 election, and a new report by journalists Burgess Everett and Marianne Levine for Politico finds that more Democrats are open to the idea of increasing the number of High Court justices.

This isn’t the first time Democrats have discussed the idea of having more than nine justices on the Supreme Court. Back in the 1930s, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt grew frustrated with right-wing justices who were hostile to parts of his New Deal, he was quite serious about expanding the Court to 15 justices. FDR’s proposal was voted down in the Senate, but in their Politico piece, Everett and Levine take a look at some of the Democrats who, in 2019, are revisiting the idea of an expanded Supreme Court.

ADVERTISEMENT

One of them is 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who appears open to not only increasing the Court to 15 justices, but also, imposing term limits for justices. And Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, another proponent of expanding the Court, complained that it “should not be a court that you can figure out who the Republican judges are and who aren’t.”

Another Democrat who believes that her party needs to fight fire with fire is Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a 2020 presidential hopeful. When Scalia died in 2016 and President Barack Obama nominated centrist Judge Merrick Garland, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to even consider a vote—and Gillibrand told Politico that she believes Justice Neil Gorsuch (the Trump appointee who ended up filling that seat in 2017) is essentially illegitimate.

Sen. Cory Booker, who is running for president, told Politico that he is open to expanding the size of the Court but warns that Republicans could do the same thing.

Booker asserted, “I really caution people about doing things that become a tit for tat throughout history. So, when the Democrats expand it to 11, 12 judges, when Republicans have it, they expand it to 15 judges.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Not all of the Democrats Politico quoted are excited about expanding the Supreme Court. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is quoted as saying that having nine judges is “appropriate,” and the centrist Sen. Jon Tester of Montana believes that adding seats to the Court would be a “mistake.”

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, meanwhile, is on the fence.

ADVERTISEMENT

“It is clearly a controversial, if not radical, proposal to change the length of the terms or the number of justices,” Durban told Politico. “But it’s become so political because of Sen. McConnell’s decision to take away the 60-vote requirement that we may reach a point where there is no return. I’m not endorsing it at this moment in time, but I’m not going to rule it out.”

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. Like you, we here at Raw Story believe in the power of progressive journalism — and we’re investing in investigative reporting as other publications give it the ax. Raw Story readers power David Cay Johnston’s DCReport, which we've expanded to keep watch in Washington. We’ve exposed billionaire tax evasion and uncovered White House efforts to poison our water. We’ve revealed financial scams that prey on veterans, and legal efforts to harm workers exploited by abusive bosses. We’ve launched a weekly podcast, “We’ve Got Issues,” focused on issues, not tweets. And unlike other news outlets, we’ve decided to make our original content free. But we need your support to do what we do.

Raw Story is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. We’re not part of a conglomerate, or a project of venture capital bros. From unflinching coverage of racism, to revealing efforts to erode our rights, Raw Story will continue to expose hypocrisy and harm. Unhinged from billionaires and corporate overlords, we fight to ensure no one is forgotten.

We need your support to keep producing quality journalism and deepen our investigative reporting. Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Invest with us in the future. Make a one-time contribution to Raw Story Investigates, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click to donate by check.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. Like you, we here at Raw Story believe in the power of progressive journalism — and we’re investing in investigative reporting as other publications give it the ax. Raw Story readers power David Cay Johnston’s DCReport, which we've expanded to keep watch in Washington. We’ve exposed billionaire tax evasion and uncovered White House efforts to poison our water. We’ve revealed financial scams that prey on veterans, and efforts to harm workers exploited by abusive bosses. We’ve launched a weekly podcast, “We’ve Got Issues,” focused on issues, not tweets. Unlike other news outlets, we’ve decided to make our original content free. But we need your support to do what we do.

Raw Story is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. We’re not part of a conglomerate, or a project of venture capital bros. From unflinching coverage of racism, to revealing efforts to erode our rights, Raw Story will continue to expose hypocrisy and harm. Unhinged from corporate overlords, we fight to ensure no one is forgotten.

We need your support to keep producing quality journalism and deepen our investigative reporting. Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Invest with us in the future. Make a one-time contribution to Raw Story Investigates, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.



Report typos and corrections to: [email protected]. Send news tips to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Trump is terrified a recession is coming — and he has no plan if it does: report

Published

on

Economists and analysts overwhelmingly agreed this week that a recession is, if not looming, appearing to be much more likely in the near future than it was before.

But in President Donald Trump's White House, such pessimism is verboten. According to multiple reports, Trump's team has been emphasizing rosier economic numbers and brushing off signs of a coming downturn. Trump even suggested that he "suspects many economists and other forecasters are presenting biased data to thwart his reelection," according to the Washington Post. (Trump previously complained that positive economic reports under President Barack Obama were fake.)

Continue Reading

2020 Election

‘Pure baloney’: Conservative busts Trump over his bogus reason for holding off on some China tariffs

Published

on

Writing for the conservative Bulwark, columnist Andrew Egger called out Donald Trump's reasoning for his decision to hold off on some tariffs he plans to impose on China -- essentially saying the president is backing off because he now realizes he is dead wrong about the impact on American consumers.

On Tuesday the White House announced the postponement of Chinese imports that included cell phones, laptops and video game console that were  scheduled to go into effect on September 1 -- bumping the date out until 2 weeks before Christmas.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Here’s why Trump’s rabid base will never see the light: They’ve turned to the ‘dark side’

Published

on

In a scorching piece for the Washington Post, columnist Colbert King made the case that there is no sense in wasting time trying to convince rabid supporters of Donald Trump that he is a racist or a white supremacist because that is part of his appeal to them.

Under a heading, "Don’t waste your breath trying to convince Trump supporters he’s repugnant," the longtime political observer cites the Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes song, " If You Don't Know Me By Now," as "instructive" as to why his base is unreachable.

Continue Reading
 
 

Thank you for whitelisting Raw Story!

As a special thank you, from now until August 31st, we're offering you a discounted rate of $5.99/month to subscribe and get ad-free access. We're honored to have you as a reader. Thank you. :) —Elias, Membership Coordinator
LEARN MORE
close-link
close-image