Packing the Court Just Might be a Good Idea
It looks like Trump will win re-election. No matter, for about the last generation, the worrisome actions of the Democrats to loss is to change the rules. They are also, current protestations to the contrary, are the only party to dispute the outcome of a Presidential election. They did it in 2000 and again in 2016.
If you’re less than 30 years old, you probably don’t remember the 2000, Gore vs Bush, election. Bush won, but the outcome was delayed by more than a month to allow the Democrats to fight the outcome on any number of legal fronts.
This is when the first serious discussions of the abolition of the Electoral College started.
During the subsequent years of the Bush administration, the Democratic Senate, wanting to apply more power than the rules allowed, changed the rules. This gave the Senate more power, but the thought that eventually, the Senate would be under control of the Republicans who would then inherit this increased power never seemed to occur to them.
After the 2016 election, the Democrat candidate won the popular vote but lost to the Electoral College. This re-energized the calls for abolition of the Electoral College and, again, they called for changing the rules. They looked back and thought that if only the rules were different, they would have won. Not once did it occur to them that if the rules had been different, both candidates would have run completely different campaigns, with the strong possibility that the result may well have been the same.
Since that 2016 election, the Democrats have suffered several setbacks as a direct result of the Senate having increased power but now was in the hands of the Republicans.
What lessons did the Democrats learn from this? Apparently none.
Now, before the 2020 election, they are having some serious discussions about— can you guess? — changing the rules. Now they want to “pack the court.” That is, add more seats to the Supreme Court, taking if from the current nine Justices to, say, 15. This would give the Democrats an additional six seats they would fill.
If, that is, they win the 2020 election.
If they don’t win — and like I said, it looks less and less likely — then what?
I think the Republicans should be gracious in victory and give the Democrats exactly what they want.
Add more seats to the Supreme Court.
Now, it is true that it would be the Republicans that would now be filling those new seats, but the Democrats can’t complain. Good for goose, good for gander and all that.
Maybe, finally, the Democrats would learn that it is not a good idea to call for changing the rules every time they suffer an electoral setback.
Or, judging by the actions of the Democrats over the last few decades, maybe not.