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Tue Feb 18, 2020, 01:38 AM

Embracing Supreme Court Expansion Carries No Political Cost, Study Says

Expanding the Supreme Court, an increasingly popular reform among some progressive activists, is not politically costly for Democrats, according to an academic survey commissioned by a group that supports the idea.

The study documented reactions to the idea among 2,400 Democrats, Republicans and independents from the political swing states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota. It was conducted by political scientist Aaron Belkin from San Francisco State University and James Druckman of Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research. Druckman, a public opinion expert, designed the study, while the funding came from Take Back the Court, a progressive judicial reform group that Belkin runs.

The survey asked participants to react to two different Democrat-Republican matchups. The first was a “status quo” group pitting a standard Democratic candidate who wants to expand health care access, repeal President Donald Trump’s tax cuts, regulate guns and fight climate change against a Republican candidate who holds inverse positions but also wants to reshape the judiciary. 

In a second matchup, survey participants evaluated a “court expansion” matchup between a hypothetical Republican candidate and a hypothetical Democratic candidate. In that scenario, the Democrat would propose expanding the court to make it “more representative of America, bring greater balance to the court, and prevent the domination of the Supreme Court by a single political party,” according to the study. The Republican candidate would call the idea “a threat to the independence of the judiciary and the rights of all Americans by radical liberals trying to change the rules so a few cities in New York and California can impose their will on the rest of us.”

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Response to SunSeeker (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 01:53 AM

1. it worked so well for FDR

that we now have 19 members of SCOTUS.

oh wait...

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Response to lapfog_1 (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 02:04 AM

2. After what McConnell did in denying Obama an appointment, you think we shouldn't even try?

FDR did not have a SCOTUS seat stolen from him. It was harder for him to justify packing the Court at that point. But after the GOP theft of an Obama appointment, and Trump's FBI's refusal to even interview Kavanaugh's accusers, Dem court packing is warranted.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 02:06 AM

3. yeah, good luck getting that argument by the Senate.

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Response to lapfog_1 (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 02:50 AM

4. NOTHING is getting by the Senate. That is why we need to flip the Senate to do anything.

Duh.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 05:38 PM

8. +1 The country is (at best) frozen until we have both houses and POTUS.

The Government Of Putin (GOP) must be blocked from ever getting their sticky fingers on any lever of power ever again.

And yes, we should absolutely expand the Court. And then enact term limits, once we have enough young Justices to keep it safe.

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Response to lapfog_1 (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 03:01 AM

5. It'll get by if we flip it and dispense of the filibuster. But I think a

better approach would be to impeach Kavanaugh. Hold a real investigation and then impeach him, including looking into the quo’s pro quo btwn Stevens and tRump/McConnell.

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Response to KPN (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 08:00 AM

6. Pelosi needs to start an investigation of Kavanaugh immediately. The Republicans would do it

in a hot minute if the roles were reversed.

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Response to amywalk (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 10:36 AM

7. Yup. That will happen only if enough of us pressure her and other

Democrats. The maelstrom keeps us too busy and preoccupied with other things. That’s tRump’s and his GoonsOP strategy— overwhelm the adversary with too much bullshit to muster organized response to.

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Response to KPN (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 19, 2020, 11:58 AM

9. You will never get a 2/3rds majority in the Senate to convict

and remove Kavanaugh, that's just a pipe dream.

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