(UnitedVoice.com) – On Thursday, April 14, a few radical Democrats held a press conference that could define the Democratic Party in 2022. They just weren’t smart enough to know it. It’s reminiscent of the 2004 presidential campaign when the then-Democratic nominee for president John Kerry created one of the greatest flip-flops of all time. He made a statement that critics will use to describe Democrats for decades to come. Kerry said, “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.”
Unintentionally, they’ve done it again. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) stood at the Capitol building steps and declared that the US Supreme Court needed to be expanded from 9 to 13 seats so the Democrats could confirm their justices. So, what’s the problem? In 2016, Markey stood in front of the Supreme Court with a podium hashtag tagline that read, “#WeNeedNine.” Apparently, Markey was against 13 before he was for it.
It’s Not Just Court-Packing
It was an amazing spectacle. Attending Markey was House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and committeemen Mondaire Jones (D-NY) and Hank Johnson (D-GA). The trio is creating a lot of campaign messaging problems for Democrats ahead of the 2022 midterm election. Not only were they against court-packing before they were for it. The same can be said of the filibuster. On Thursday, the Leftists’ Massachusetts Senator all but said he knows the idea is dead in the Senate. However, Markey declared that it doesn’t have to be so.
If the Left can get rid of the filibuster altogether, Democrats can expand the court. So, here we go again with that one.
What this is really about can be summed up concisely: Democrats don’t have the votes, so they need to change the rules to get what they want.
The Democrats are not interested in reforming the Senate or the Supreme Court. It’s not needed, and for generations, both sides of the aisle defended both institutions vigorously. This is about the Democrat’s hard shift to the left and the need to pass their agenda as quickly as possible.
It’s a Hostile Takeover
In 2019, then-Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg denounced court-packing. Last week, Justice Stephen Breyer warned against the idea and said it would diminish the court. The two most liberal Justices over the last decade opposed the Democrat’s plan. It’s not reform. It’s a hostile takeover that would make the court a pseudo-legislative political body designed to do for Democrats what the public won’t let them do themselves.
On Thursday, not one moderate Democrat spoke out against the plan. Next year, you might see GOP commercials using the flip-flop language against them if they don’t. It could be a challenging year for Democrats in the House as Democratic-led states lose seats in Congress and red states pick them up in the wake of the census reapportionment.
Will America turn on Democrats in the 2022 midterms?
We may learn more in the coming weeks as spin-doctor pollsters start telling America their findings.
Until then, and probably beyond, the circus in Congress will likely continue.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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