Former majority Senate Leader Harry Reid is warning Democrats about packing the Supreme Court with liberal judges. Reid knows of whence he speaks. Under his watch, he did away with the filibuster on judges that made it possible for Trump to appoint three justices to the court. Packing the court or ending the filibuster would have dire consequences once Republicans have control of the government again.
Reid made his comments just one day after Biden announced a commission into looking at packing the court. Reid told CNN that if Democrats pack the Supreme Court it would backfire on them with consequences they do not want to face in the future.
In fact, Reid warned them about even making threats on packing the court because voters would see this as politicizing the Supreme Court.
“I have no problem with the commission, but I think that the commission is going to come back and disappoint a lot of people because I think they’re going to come back and say, ‘We should just kind of leave it alone.'”
“I think it would be inappropriate at this time after that long history we’ve had in the country to have term limits for judges.”
“I think that we better be very, very careful in saying that we need to expand the Supreme Court. I think we better be very, very, careful.”
“I think we need to be very, very careful” — Harry Reid telling CNN he doesn’t support packing SCOTUS, to @Acosta’s evident disappoinment
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 10, 2021
The Democrats began lobbying for court-packing after President Trump was able to appoint a justice to replace Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who went from hero to goat for not retiring during the Obama administration.
The White House said in a statement:
The Commission’s purpose is to provide an analysis of the principal arguments in the contemporary public debate for and against Supreme Court reform, including an appraisal of the merits and legality of particular reform proposals.
The topics it will examine include the genesis of the reform debate; the Court’s role in the Constitutional system; the length of service and turnover of justices on the Court; the membership and size of the Court; and the Court’s case selection, rules, and practices.