The moment Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed, Democrats immediately pushed politics.
They wanted Americans to think Republicans had to follow the pattern set in 2016—by not voting on a new justice until after the election.
Unfortunately for them, the Constitution states it is the president’s duty to fill a vacancy on the court.
That includes the Senate, who is obligated to vote on a nomination by Trump.
Unwilling to admit this, Democrats are threatening three moves to undermine this Constitutional mandate:
On the table: Adding Supreme Court justices … eliminating the Senate’s 60-vote threshold to end filibusters … and statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico. “If he holds a vote in 2020, we pack the court in 2021,” Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.)
Democrats are raging—because they do not have the power to stop Trump and the Senate from replacing RBG before the election.
Their hope was that Joe Biden would win and that they would also win a majority in the Senate. Both are longshots at this point.
But that would have been the only scenario where waiting to fill Ginsburg’s seat could have benefited them.
That is also the only scenario where they could make good on their various threats—which also appear to be longshots at the moment.
Democrats have frequently called for “packing” the Supreme Court with more justices. The goal is to destroy any conservative majority Trump might create.
If the 9-person court is weighted to the right, they just want to keep adding justices until it’s leaning back to the left.
(Notice, they had no problem with a 9-person court when it was already left-leaning, proving this is only about forcing their agenda.)
Democrats also want to end the Senate filibuster, the only rule that gives the minority party a say in legislation.
Today, as the minority, Senate Democrats can influence the process even though there are more Republicans.
But if they get a majority, they are already ensuring they will prevent anyone else from enjoying the same rules they enjoy today.
Kind of sounds like they aren’t too interesting the democratic process, huh?
The third threat is an even greater longshot. Some Democrats have vowed to add more states to the union, thinking it will give them more seats in the House and Senate.
But adding Puerto Rico (or any other region) to the union is harder than it sounds. In fact, on numerous occasions in the past, Puerto Rico had the ability to vote on this very issue. They always voted no.
(Maybe it had something to do with avoiding additional taxes?)
Regardless of whether or not any of these tactics would work, Democrats are making their agenda very clear:
Either do what they say or they will upend 200 years of government to get it done anyway.
- Democrats threaten to push major changes to gain an upper hand.
- They promise to pack the SCOTUS, add more states, and end the Senate filibuster.
- It appears Democrats are willing to tear up our traditions, for the sake of power.