One of the most contentious issues in the past few presidential elections has been the courts.
The Democrats were sounding an alarm in 2015 that a Trump Presidency would result in more conservative justices on the SCOTUS, possibly ending Roe v. Wade. They ended up being right about the conservative justices but Roe is still in place, at least through 2021.
In addition to the Supreme Courts justices, former President Trump ended up seating over 300 federal judges on the various appeals courts.
So shortly after taking office, President Joe Biden created a Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States. The left was hoping this commission could help convince enough Americans that the courts had become so politically biased that more judges needed to be added to help “re-balance” the power.
They have, thus far, failed to convince America to change anything, let alone remaking the Supreme Court to suit their ideological purposes. Six months with nothing to show for their efforts.
In addition to a recent poll showing 66 percent of Americans oppose amending the Constitution to change the Supreme Court’s structure, former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg before her death, recommended keeping the number of SCOTUS justices at nine.
Flip-flopping Senator Joe Biden also once called “a bone-head idea,” in reference to FDR’s court-packing scheme, Americans understand is, in fact, “a bone-head idea” that ought to be relegated to the ash heap of American history.
The committee is comprised of a mixture of mostly far-Left policy experts, law school academics, and lawyers, the president tasked the Commission with evaluating the various ways in which a supposedly “broken” federal judiciary could be reformed.
To the frustration of the left, the Commission quickly abandoned the idea of “packing the court”, instead started focusing on “term limits” and other dubious Constitutional “court reforms”.
Alexander Hamilton explained in Federalist No. 78, the type of judicial independence the Founders had in mind “can certainly not be expected from judges who hold their offices by a temporary commission.”
Article III of the U.S. Constitution guarantees that federal judges hold their office “during good behavior.” The Founders meant this to secure judicial independence, removing them from any undue influence stemming from employment prospects after their tenure on the bench ends.
So in the end, the failing Joe Biden whose poll numbers are in the tank will probably let this commission quietly drift away after their final report, instead of flaring up the majority again him, even more.