In the wake of a Supreme Court decision that did not align with their political agenda, Democrats have once again begun calling for the expansion of the court with liberal justices. This knee-jerk reaction to change the rules whenever they don’t get their way has become a common tactic for the left. Adam Schiff, a prominent Democrat, is the latest to join this chorus.
According to the Washington Examiner, Schiff recently put out a call to “expand, unstack, and reform” the Supreme Court. In an email to supporters of his Senate campaign, Schiff argued for the need to “unpack the court” by increasing the number of justices, instituting term limits, and enacting a code of ethics. The motivation behind this call is the dissatisfaction with the court since President Donald Trump appointed three conservative justices, tipping the balance in favor of the GOP.
However, despite the Democrats’ enthusiasm for court packing, the majority of Americans do not support this idea. A survey conducted by the Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Reports last year found that 55% of respondents were opposed to adding more justices. Even President Joe Biden has been reluctant to endorse this strategy.
Nevertheless, the survey revealed that 64% of Democrats were in favor of expanding the court, reflecting the party’s inclination. This sentiment is shared by Ilhan Omar, who tweeted that “every option should be on the table” to fix the perceived broken court, including the use of the Higher Education Act, implementing term limits for Supreme Court justices, establishing mandatory ethics rules, limiting judicial review, and expanding the court.
The left’s support for court packing has drawn criticism from conservatives who see it as a hypocritical response. Chad Felix Greene, in a tweet, highlighted the contrast in their reactions based on whether a court ruling aligns with their preferences or not. When a court blocks a state law they don’t like, it is hailed as “democracy in action,” but when a ruling doesn’t go their way, they decry it as “right-wing fascism” and call for court expansion to preserve democracy.
The predictability of these calls for court packing by Democrats speaks to their unwillingness to accept unfavorable court decisions. Rather than engaging in a thoughtful discussion or seeking common ground, they resort to changing the rules to suit their purpose. This undermines the integrity of the court and threatens the notion of an independent judiciary.
In conclusion, the recent demand by Adam Schiff and other Democrats to pack the Supreme Court with liberal justices reflects their dissatisfaction with the current conservative majority. However, public opinion remains divided on this issue, with a majority of Americans opposing court packing. The left’s inclination to change the rules whenever they don’t get their way undermines the idea of an independent judiciary and raises concerns about the politicization of the highest court in the land.