Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is now refusing to say whether or not he would seek to add more seats to the Supreme Court if he were to win the election and the Republican Party managed to push through a nominee to fill the vacancy left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
This is a marked difference in response to his earlier statements that he wouldn’t do such a thing, though that was before folks in his party started applying pressure to him following RBG’s passing.
Adding seats would enable the Democratic Party to nullify any advantage the Republican Party would gain by getting a nominee appointed to the bench by allowing them to stack the court with their own picks.
via Fox News:
The former vice president has long opposed the issue of court-packing, but Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on Friday has revived the concept of expanding the number of Supreme Court justices in order to shift its ideological balance.
Biden has previously dismissed the practice of court-packing, arguing that it could ultimately backfire on Democrats.
“I’m not prepared to go on and try to pack the court, because we’ll live to rue that day,” he told Iowa Starting Line last July, in the midst of the Democratic primary.
Biden is absolutely correct in saying that this particular move would eventually backfire on the Democratic Party. Sooner or later, the GOP would be able to appoint their own picks en masse to the bench, which would undo all that they worked for at this particular point in time.
As of right now, Biden might be laying low on the issue because he doesn’t really want to go one way or the other and alienate voters.