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Via:  texan1211  •  3 weeks ago  •  6 comments

By:   Harper Neidig (TheHill)

Democrats call out Biden Supreme Court commission | TheHill
A group of Democratic lawmakers called out President Biden's Supreme Court commission this week, saying the panel has failed to recognize what they assert is an illegitimate conservative takeover of the nation's highest court.

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A group of Democratic lawmakers called out President BidenJoe BidenIdaho state House passes worker vaccine compensation billBiden sends 2016 climate treaty to Senate for ratificationRubio vows to slow-walk Biden's China, Spain ambassador nomineesMORE's Supreme Court commission this week, saying the panel has failed to recognize what they assert is an illegitimate conservative takeover of the nation's highest court.

The group, consisting of three senators and a House member, wrote in a letter dated Tuesday that draft materials released by the commission in September indicated that it is falling short in its analysis of the Supreme Court.

"As currently drafted, this report is a disappointment to anyone who had hoped for a clear-eyed effort to address the Supreme Court's deep troubles," the lawmakers wrote in the letter, which was shared with The Hill.

The letter was led by Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseManchin set to make or break Biden's climate pledgeFormer Georgia Sen. Max Cleland dies at 79Framing our future beyond the climate crisisMORE (D-R.I.) and signed by Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoMidterm gloom grows for DemocratsSanders backs Kaiser Permanente workers ahead of Monday strikeDemocrats scramble for path forward after election setbacksMORE (D-Hawaii), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Hank JohnsonHenry (Hank) C. JohnsonThe Memo: Democrats go to war over 'wokeness'Draft Georgia congressional lines target McBath, shore up BourdeauxOvernight Defense & National Security — Iron Dome funding clears HouseMORE Jr. (D-Ga.).

A White House spokesman did not immediately respond when asked for comment on the letter.

The commission, which is set to issue a final report next month, upset progressives in September when it released draft materials that signaled wariness of the idea of expanding the number of seats on the court — something some on the left have advocated to tip the balance away from the current 6-3 conservative majority.

However, the panel indicated that term limits for Supreme Court justices might be worth exploring and acknowledged concerns that "close identification of Justices with political party could undermine the perception of judicial independence, which is important to the acceptance and compliance with the Court's decisions."

The lawmakers' letter this week did not offer an opinion on court-packing proposals but expressed disappointment that the commission in its draft discussion materials has failed to recognize the alleged damage to the Supreme Court's legitimacy and the rule of law caused by a bench that they believe is advancing partisan interests.

"We offer a different proposition: that in the face of overwhelming evidence that the Court has been captured by partisan donor interests, it is wrong to perpetuate the fiction that it has not been," the Democrats wrote. "By grounding its draft report foremost in the concern that the public must perceivethe Court to be legitimate and independent, the Commission fails to consider the very real and much more dangerous possibility that it might not be."

"In the short time remaining to complete your vital work, the Commission must reckon with the prospect that the Court's independence—not just the perception thereof—has been compromised," the letter adds.

The commission is scheduled to hold a virtual open meeting on Friday.

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Texan1211
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1  seeder  Texan1211    3 weeks ago
saying the panel has failed to recognize what they assert is an illegitimate conservative takeover of the nation's highest court.

Remember, folks, these oh-so-fucking-brilliant Democratic lawmakers believe this crap!

 
 
 
Nowhere Man
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2  Nowhere Man    3 weeks ago

Attempts to pack the court politically have been done as far back as John Adams vs Thomas Jefferson.... Heck FDR even tried it after his landslide election win... (but he eventually succeeded simply cause he was the longest sitting president so he got to nominate more justices than any other president) He initially proposed that every justice over the age of 60 required the court to have a sitting backup justice appointed to ensure there were enough justices sitting at all times to do the courts business... At one point there would have been 18  sitting SCJ's if his plan had been approved... (of course all super liberal political appointees)

All efforts have been defeated or rejected throughout our nations history... And guess what, they all seem to come from the people that believe in a strong, all powerful imperial federal government....

Any plan to pack the court politically should be outright rejected, we already have enough of that going on in the lower courts... Everyone knows you do not want the courts judges to turn over quickly as that is very bad for the law....and that you want to keep your courts as conservative as possible, not politically conservative, conservative as to the law...

So when I look at people who advocate court packing schemes I'm looking at those who want rapid change and the instability it brings....

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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3  Jeremy Retired in NC    3 weeks ago
The lawmakers' letter this week did not offer an opinion on court-packing proposals but expressed disappointment that the commission in its draft discussion materials has failed to recognize the alleged damage to the Supreme Court's legitimacy and the rule of law caused by a bench that they believe is advancing partisan interests.

So they are pissed that they can't just add or remove SCJ's to fit their partisan views.  

 
 
 
Texan1211
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3.1  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @3    3 weeks ago

Democrats do tend to want to change the rules whenever they don't suit their wants.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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3.1.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Texan1211 @3.1    3 weeks ago

And they (or at least attempt to) do it often. 

  • Lost a Presidential election? Do away with the Electoral College
  • Don't' have Justices that will side with us, no questions ask?  Add more Justices or set Term Limits.

It would be different if they actually do it.  But they have failed at every attempt.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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4  Sean Treacy    3 weeks ago

Democrats never fail to amaze as to how low they will stoop, but destroying the Supreme Court seems like a particularly bad idea.

I'll take someone seriously about the need to "reform" the Court when they advocate for it when the opposing party controls the Presidency and Senate. 

 
 
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