Eric Holder suggests next Dem President ‘seriously’ consider packing Supreme Court with more seats

Former Attorney General Eric Holder let it be known Monday that he will not run for president in 2020, saying he will fight against gerrymandered districts instead.

On Thursday, during a discussion with the Yale Law National Security Group, Holder gave the nation good reason not to vote for him if he did run.

The man tasked with covering former President Barack Obama’s backside from 2009 to 2015 said the next Democrat president should “seriously” look at adding seats to the United States Supreme Court if there is a Democratic majority in the Senate, the Daily Beast reported.

The U.S. Constitution doesn’t specify the number of justices who should serve.

Citing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “power grabbing antics,” Holder is suggesting what would prove to be a convenient offset to President Donald Trump’s conservative appointments to the high court — and it’s not out of the question that Trump may have additional openings to fill during his tenure.

Holder, the man responsible for enforcing the law under Obama, essentially said that because the GOP was allegedly unfair in the process of approving Trump’s nominees, Democrats should make a sham of our system of government by openly stacking the Supreme Court.

And he is held up by the media as an exalted statesman.

Patrick Rodenbush, a spokesman for Holder, confirmed to The Daily Beast that he did embrace the idea of court-packing.

Rodenbush said: “In response to a question, Attorney General Holder said that given the unfairness, unprecedented obstruction, and disregard of historical precedent by Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans, when Democrats retake the majority they should consider expanding the Supreme Court to restore adherence to previously accepted norms for judicial nominations.”

It’s clear Democrats are still smarting over McConnell declining to consider Obama’s court pick, Judge Merrick Garland, in 2016.

According to the Daily Beast, “virtually all elected Democrats have either ignored the proposal or dismissed it out of hand.”

The only 2020 Democratic candidate who supports the idea is the obscure mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, who points to what he considers bad behavior to warrant more bad behavior.

“It’s no more a departure from norms than what the Republicans did to get the judiciary to the place it is today,” he said. “Bold, ambitious ideas need a hearing right now.”

With the youth of Trump’s appointments — Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch is 51, and Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh is 54 —  the progressive left make no bones about not wanting to wait decades to see a swing in their favor, as seen from Brian Fallon, executive director of the group Demand Justice.

Fallon told the Daily Beast:

“More and more Democrats are becoming convinced that we cannot resign ourselves to the third branch of government being captive to partisan Republican forces for the next 30 years. Any progressive reforms that a Democratic president would pursue in 2021 would come under threat from the Supreme Court. Accepting the status quo on this issue is not going to fly and there is becoming a consensus that some type of reform needs to happen.”

 

The ends justify the means for this crowd.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses from Twitter:

https://twitter.com/freddoso/status/1103783347757580288

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