Increasing the Supreme Court from 9 to 11
Let’s be clear here from the outset. The modern-day Republican party is not only now held hostage to the whims of an ex-reality TV show star President with an extreme aversion to his tax affairs ever becoming public, but the GOP now politically weaponizes as much of the apparatus of government as it can.
Nowhere has that been more apparent than with the Supreme Court in the last five years or so, being especially amplified with the arrival of Trump in the Oval Office.
Of course, the reality is that the Supreme Court has always had a political dimension to it – with the prevailing President of the day having the “luxury” of appointing liberal or conservative leaning justices, subject to their own particular whims.
However, this is certainly the Age of Trump and to a lesser degree that of McConnell – so all Supreme Court bets are now off.
Previous precedents seemingly no longer matter. Jurisprudence is now subservient to rampant partisan political urges.
Take McConnell’s recent sickening display of hypocrisy when asked if he would look to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2020 (a Presidential election year), if one became available. With a smirk of arrogance that only McConnell can display, he confirmed that he would indeed do just that.
Of course, back in 2016, McConnell had argued the absolute opposite – that in a Presidential election year, a President’s pick for a Supreme Court vacancy should not happen until the election had come and gone. Cue McConnell’s unprecedented blocking of President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland throughout 2016. McConnell wouldn’t even meet with Garland.
And don’t forget Trump’s subsequent focus on getting “his man” Brett “I like beer” Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court bench in Garland’s place.
At times you have to wonder if the DNC rolled over prostrate before McConnell and Trump and quietly said “do your worst.”
This level of Republican / conservative manipulation of the Supreme Court represents an existential threat to the Constitutional system of the US in the future.
Even with the Presidency and Congress in Democratic hands in coming years, the Supreme Court is set for a conservative ascendency for decades to come. That is a clear and present threat to recent progress that has been made in any number of aspects of American life – gay right