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Democrats Are Short on Votes and Long on Irony
The party’s signature election-reform bill faces long odds in Congress, in part because of the problems it seeks to address.The challenge of the bill is that, aside from advancing the vague concept of democratic reforms, it doesn’t present a single theory of how to reform the electoral system, but is instead a palimpsest of Democratic freak-outs, with more recent ones piled atop older ones. At the top are measures that would push back on the voter-suppression laws currently in consideration or newly enacted by states with Republican legislatures, the most acute worry among progressives today.
Four Democratic members of Congress plan to introduce legislation that would add four seats to the Supreme Court, which would, if passed, allow President Biden to immediately name four individuals to fill those seats and give Democrats a 7-6 majority.
The bill, which is being introduced by Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Hank Johnson (D-GA), and Mondaire Jones (D-NY) in the House and by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) in the Senate, is called the Judiciary Act of 2021, and it is very brief. It amends a provision of federal law providing that the Supreme Court consist of a chief justice and eight associate justices to read that the Court shall consist of ‘‘a Chief Justice of the United States and twelve associate justices, any eight of whom shall constitute a quorum.”
Biden’s Supreme Court reform commission won’t fix anything
The president’s new commission has a lot of fans — in the Federalist Society.On Friday, President Joe Biden announced that he would sign an executive order creating a “Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States.” Griffith — who retired from the federal bench in 2020, allowing former President Trump to choose his successor — is one of several prominent conservatives on this commission, which the White House says Biden appointed to “provide an analysis of the principal arguments in the contemporary public debate for and against Supreme Court reform.
Although the Constitution provides that there must be a Supreme Court, it leaves the question of how many justices shall sit on that Court to Congress. Under the Judiciary Act of 1789, the Court, and it briefly had 10 seats under President Lincoln.
Realistically, the bill is unlikely to pass anytime soon. Until recently, adding seats to the Supreme Court was— President Franklin Roosevelt proposed similar legislation in 1937, and . President Biden has in the past .
But the politics of Supreme Court reform have moved very quickly in recent years, and it’s possible to imagine a critical mass of lawmakers rallying behind Court expansion if a majority of the current justices hand down decisions that are likely to outrage Democrats, such as a decision.
How to Stop the Minority-Rule Doom Loop
The next two years might be the country’s last chance to protect the basic democratic principle of majority rule.The doom loop consists of four interlocking components. Candidates who represent white conservatives—Republicans, in our ideologically sorted era—begin every election cycle buoyed by a sluice of voter suppression and gerrymandering (what I call electoral welfare), which makes it easier for them to win.
The new court-expansion bill would effectively neutralize a half-decade of work by Republicans toin order to ensure GOP control of the nation’s highest Court.
In February of 2016, Justice Antonin Scalia died. In response, Senate Republicans, now-Attorney General Merrick Garland, a confirmation hearing or a floor vote.
To justify this decision, Republicans invented a new rule, claiming that it is not appropriate to confirm a Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year. Prior to 2016, there had been, including the confirmation of Justice Anthony Kennedy in 1988.
The vacant seat was eventually filled by conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch after President Trump took office in 2017.
Senate Democrats use Asian American hate crimes bill as key test of Republican obstruction
The legislation is narrow in scope — but could send a powerful message condemning anti-Asian racism.The legislation, which is relatively narrow in scope, would designate a Justice Department official to review Covid-19 related hate crimes, and calls on the agency to provide reporting guidance for regional law enforcement bodies.
Then Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Republicans immediately abandoned the rule they invented to justify blocking Garland’s confirmation and confirmed Trump nominee Amy Coney Barrett , which Trump lost.
It’s worth noting, moreover, that Trump lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots in 2016. And, while Republicans controlled the Senate for Trump’s entire presidency, they only controlled it because the Senate is malapportioned to effectively give extra seats to small states.
Throughout Trump’s presidency, the Democratic “minority” in the Senatethan the Republican “majority.” And all three of Trump’s appointees to the Supreme Court — Gorsuch, Barrett, and Justice Brett Kavanaugh — were nominated by a president who lost the popular vote and confirmed by a bloc of senators who .
So legislation adding seats to the Supreme Court would give Democrats control of a body that they rightfully would already control if the United States chose presidents and senators in free and fair elections where each citizen’s vote counted equally.
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