“Let’s add four more justices to the Supreme Court!” cries Senator Elizabeth Warren . . . shortly after President Biden’s commission reforming the Supreme Court punted on the issue of expanding the number of justices on the Court.
“Mirroring the broader public debate, there is profound disagreement among commissioners on these issues,” the commission stated.
“No serious person, in either major political party, suggests court packing as a means of overturning disliked Supreme Court decisions, whether the decision in question is Roe v. Wade or Citizens United. Scholars could say, until very recently, that even as compared to other court reform efforts, ‘court-packing’ is especially out of bounds,” it reads. “This is part of the convention of judicial independence.”
If you look at the 2020 Democratic presidential primary . . . Joe Biden is president, Kamala Harris is vice president, Bernie Sanders is still seen as the leader of the party’s progressive wing, Pete Buttigieg is at the Department of Transportation and is somehow generating “presidential buzz,” and even Beto O’Rourke is running for governor of Texas. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren is just kind of there, still serving in the Senate, getting into Twitter fights with Elon Musk, and complaining about corporate greed driving up the price of car rentals. Warren was one of the media’s favorite candidates in 2019 — and yet, in 2021, she’s become something of an afterthought on the political scene.
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