Democrats have gone all-in on court packing, wanting to expand the Supreme Court with liberal, activist judges. A recent poll found that 54 percent of Americans don’t support court packing, but that’s not stopping the Democrats. Ironically, vulnerable Senate Democrats are presenting to be moderates when it comes to this issue.
“You’d have to talk about specific details, but I have not been in favor of expanding the size of the court,” said Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), who’s up for reelection in a state that Biden narrowly won.
Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), another vulnerable incumbent, waved off talk of court reform Tuesday.
“Right now, I’m focused on lowering costs for Georgians who are pushing their way back and want to see us cap the cost of insulin, which is a bill we need to get done,” he said, indicating he wants to stay focused on fighting inflation.
Sen. Maggie Hassan (D), who faces a competitive race in New Hampshire, told reporters on a call during the July 4 recess that she doesn’t support expanding the court, either.
Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.) is one Democrat facing a challenging reelection race this year who says he’s open to reforming the ethics rules for the Supreme Court.
“I would certainly support a code of ethics and I’m thinking about term limits, but I haven’t reached a conclusion yet,” he said. “I do think we need to find a way to take the partisan politics out of the confirmation process.”
Here are the facts: in February of 2021, every one of these Senators voted to pack the Supreme Court. Will Mark Kelly, Raphael Warnock, Maggie Hassan and Michael Bennet continue to pretend they are moderates to win their elections or will they start working for the people who elected?