Liberal court packing in our future?
Some liberals are day-dreaming about packing the Supreme Court.
If the current five-man majority persists in thumbing its nose at popular values, the election of a Democratic president and Congress could provide a corrective. It requires only a majority vote in both houses to add a justice or two. Chief Justice John Roberts and his conservative colleagues might do well to bear in mind that the roll call of presidents who have used this option includes not just Roosevelt but also Adams, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln and Grant.
Just close your eyes and imagine for a moment the shrill howls of protest that would have gone up from the left if George Bush and the GOP would have tried such a thing in the past few years.
The political/legislative reality of getting such a thing done, however, is a little more difficult than the author claims. As conservatives can well remember, in spite of having a majority in the Senate, we couldn't even get many judges an up or down vote by the full Senate, thanks to Democrat filibusters...(and weak-kneed Republicans that wouldn't enforce our majority).