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Biden’s Blunder on Court Packing

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event at United Association (UA) Plumbers Local 27 in Erie, PA, U.S., October 10, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Joe Biden makes a serious mistake when he repeatedly refuses to answer legitimate questions about his position on adding new justices to the Supreme Court—the same scheme of “court packing” that became FDR’s biggest blunder in 1937.

Biden says he’ll reveal his intentions after the election, not before—denying voters a fully informed choice on November 3rd. The right answer should be easy: expressing confidence in the court and its moderate leadership by Chief Justice Roberts, and pledging no attempt to change the number of justices unless there’s a sudden series of radical, power-grabbing decisions that depart from the Constitutional mainstream.

For a full 45 years, Republican appointees have comprised the court majority, but the Supremes have hardly moved in some partisan, menacing, ultra-conservative direction. Biden must ultimately come clean on his court-packing plans, or pay a political price for disrespecting a revered American institution and hiding information the electorate deserves.

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