This isn’t your garden-variety court packing. This is court packing on crack . . .
MSNBC regular and Nation correspondent Elie Mystal is one of those guests who you just know stays up devising the most outrageous, attention-grabbing, lines imaginable, in order to keep the invites coming.
On Sautrday’s AM Joy, Mystal proposed that if Democrats win control of the process they should add up to . . . 20 additional Justices to the Supreme Court!
Even more outlandish than Mystal’s proposal was his justification for it. Let’s review his arguments about why there should be 20 new justices. First, he claimed the Senate would “get back to confirming judges based on qualifications as opposed to based on agendas.”
As if Democrats wouldn’t carefully screen nominees for strict adherence to liberal doctrine? Biden has already admitted that he would impose a “litmus test” of support of Roe v. Wade.on potential nominees.
Next, he insisted there would be “more moderate judges” and “more moderate opinions.” See above: every new nominee would be certified 100%-pure liberal. And the six or seven conservatives on the Court would be completely swamped, their views rendered irrelevant. The most extreme positions and opinions would rule the day.
And finally, Mystal would be willing to let them name some of the new justices if Republicans were willing to “play ball.” Thanks, Elie, but does anyone really believe that if Biden, Harris, and Chuck Schumer had the power to name 20 new justices, they’d offer any crumbs to Republicans?
Speaking of absurd, the segment began with a clip of Kamala Harris refusing to discuss court packing because we don’t know “who is going to be the next president.”
Guest host Tiffany Cross opened the discussion by saying that Republicans have “raised the spectre,” i.e., employed a scare tactic, regarding possible Dem court packing. And on top of that, she lamented that the term itself “court-packing” was “a derogatory terms from the late 1930s, when FDR proposed expanding the Supreme Court to up to 15 justices.”
But after Mystal concluded his pitch for a gigantic court packing, Cross agreed: “Yeah, we need it.” So not a “spectre,” but a real threat!
LifeNews.com Note: Mark Finkelstein has a B.S. from Cornell University, an Ed.M. and a J.D. magna cum laude from SUNY Buffalo, and an LL.M. from Harvard. He lives in Ithaca, NY where he hosts “Right Angle,” a local political talk show. Finkelstein is a Contributing Editor at MRC’s NewsBusters blog, where this article originally appeared.