Joe Biden Would Create a Bipartisan Commission To Figure Out Whether He Should Pack the Supreme Court
After weeks of failing to offer a straight answer to the question of whether he’d support adding additional justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is testing out a new answer in advance of Thursday’s debate.
In a preview of an interview that will air Sunday on 60 Minutes, Biden outlines a plan for what he calls a “bipartisan commission” to examine potential reforms to the federal courts. In the clip, posted to the show’s Twitter feed on Thursday morning, Biden says he would fill the commission with constitutional scholars from across the ideological spectrum and that he would give the body 180 days to review not only court-packing but “a number of other things,” though he does not elaborate.
Here’s the clip:
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) October 22, 2020
As dodgy political answers go, this one is actually pretty brilliant. Biden is giving the appearance of fleshing out a substantial plan to answer his critics, throwing a bone to liberal activists who favor increasing the number of justices on the Supreme Court, and still allowing himself plenty of ways to avoid actually doing that once he’s elected. It’s a Rorschach test of an answer, one that probably sounds good to most voters—who generally oppose court-packing but like the sound of bipartisanship—without committing a future President
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