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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Advancing a Liberal Agenda by Court-Packing

Here's one of the more ridiculous plans for imposing "modern" values on the unenlightened masses: packing the Supreme Court.

In a recent editorial in the New York Times
, Mr. Jean Edward Smith suggests imitating FDR (who is, for the record, one of my least favorite presidents), in order to overcome the "manifestly ideological agenda" of the current supposedly conservative majority.
[T]here is nothing sacrosanct about having nine justices on the Supreme Court. Roosevelt's 1937 chicanery has given court-packing a bad name, but it is a hallowed American political tradition participated in by Republicans and Democrats alike. If the current five-man majority persists in thumbing its nose at popular values, the election of a Democratic president and Congress could provide a corrective. It requires only a majority vote in both houses to add a justice or two.
What is particularly ridiculous about Mr. Smith's proposal to impose the "popular values" of the majority through court-packing ideological judges is that he oblivious to the fact that this can be done (and always should be done) through the normal political process of elected representation.

HT: Volokh

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