You are not signed in as a Premium user; you are viewing the free version of this program. Premium users have access to full-length programs with limited commercials and receive a 10% discount in the store! Sign up for only one day for the low cost of $1.99. Click the button below.

Packing the Court

Confusing the voters

October 16, 2020  0

Even though the vice presidential debate moderator Susan Page would not pose the question many Americans were wondering about, Vice President Pence did.

"When you speak about the Supreme Court, though, I think the American people really deserve an answer, Senator Harris. Are you and Joe Biden going to pack the court if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed?" Pence asked.

The same day, The Washington Examiner reports the results of its own polling showing that registered voters oppose court packing 47% to 34%.

The day after the debate, Biden and Harris are campaigning in Arizona. This time, reporters pose the question. Will Biden pack the court?

"You'll know my opinion on court packing when the election is over," Biden countered.

Biden is campaigning in Las Vegas and another reporter presses him.

He tells Biden, the number one thing viewers ask about is whether Biden favors packing the Supreme Court. Here's what happened.

Reporter: Well, sir, don't the voters deserve to know ...

Biden: No, they don't deserve ... I'm gonna play his game. He'd love me to talk about ... I've already said something on packing the court. He'd love that to be the discussion instead of what he's doing now.

Biden's response reflects a new strategy by the campaign: make the argument that it is Trump "packing the court" simply by filling the current vacancy.

"Packing the court" is a commonly used term for the idea of adding more justices to the U.S. Supreme Court — beyond the current number of nine — in order to further a specific political agenda. FDR tried it in the 1930s because the Supreme Court was blocking large portions of his New Deal legislation.

The Constitution does not specify the number of Supreme Court justices, and the number fluctuated slightly in our nation's early history. But since 1869, the number has held steady at nine justices.

Court packing is about upping the number of justices. Democrats' current tactic of equating the filling of a vacancy on the historic nine-member panel with adding more seats by court packing is deliberately misleading.

Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska clarifies the point.

"Court packing is destroying the system we have now. It is not reforming the system we have now. And anybody who uses that language, the language that implies that filling legitimate vacancies is just another form of court packing ... that's playing the American people for fools," Sasse told the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Amy Coney Barrett hearing.

By commenting on you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our comment posting guidelines

Loading Comments


Never miss a Vortex!

Search The Site

Previous Episode
Strengthening Abortion
Democrats plot pro-abortion federal statute
October 16, 2020
Subscribe to the Vortex audio podcast

Latest Shows

The Vortex
Catholics Were Here First
Catholics begin it; Protestants end it.
September 25, 2023
The Download
Padre Pio Relics on Display in San Francisco
Special day of events for Pio's feast Saturday.
September 22, 2023
rome dispatch
Former Doctrine Chief: Pope Can't Abuse Authority
Cdl. Gerhard Müller affirms bishops must be removed for unbiased reasons.
September 22, 2023
The Michael Voris Show
Offensive Tone? Weak Worship?
Get your act together.
September 22, 2023
Forward Boldly
The Crucifixion of Padre Pio
A falsely accused saint.
September 21, 2023
September 22, 2023
Get briefed on today's top stories with Christine Niles.
September 22, 2023
Red Top Report
Did Trump Just Compromise on the Pro-Life Issue?
September 22, 2023
Mic’d Up
Apple and Big Tech Shill Climate Change
Relentlessly pushing the myth.
September 24, 2023
Strickland Speaks
The Bishop of Tyler, TX, Talks to Terry Barber
September 19, 2023