‘…to restore adherence to previously accepted norms for judicial nominations…’
(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) Eric Holder, former Attorney General under Barack Obama, mused that the next Democratic president should consider “packing” the Supreme Court, according to an article from The Daily Beast.
Holder made the comments while speaking with the Yale Law National Security Group.
The article says the Yale event was not recorded, but a spokesman for Holder confirmed that the topic of packing the Supreme Court did come up – and the former AG embraced it.
“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,” said spokesman Patrick Rodenbush.
Rodenbush did not elaborate on how the ultimate disregard for democratic norms would help restore adherence to democratic norms.
“Court-packing” refers to adding additional judges or justices to a court, usually to achieve partisan goals.
While presidents can add more justices to the Supreme Court (assuming a Senate majority willing to go along with it), few have entertained such a move.
One exception was Franklin D. Roosevelt, who pushed for court-packing legislation because of his impatience with conservative justices blocking major planks of his New Deal.
The move failed after being viewed as a power grab and is viewed as a rare political miscalculation for FDR.
Holder, who announced earlier this week that he won’t run for president in 2020, has been in the headlines a lot recently.
Last fall, he rejected Michelle Obama’s calls for respect and civility in the political process and appeared to advocate for violence, saying: “[M]ichelle always says, ‘When they go low, we go high.’ No. When they go low, we kick ‘em.”
Fox News says Holder is the most senior Democrat to endorse the idea of court-packing, though it appears he’s too busy to seriously lead the effort.
Right now, he’s engaged with managing the National Redistricting Action Fund, a group devoted to gerrymandering congressional maps in favor of Democrats.