On Monday, Politico reported that numerous Democratic presidential candidates have “not rule[d] out expanding the Supreme Court if elected president.”
Such a plan would be disastrous shift in judicial norms. Although Congress has the power to decide the number of seats on the Supreme Court, the current 9-member configuration has been in place for 150 years.
As explained in this joint op-ed by the R Street Institute’s Anthony Marcum and the Project on Government Oversight’s Sarah Turberville, adding seats would “accelerate the politicization of the Supreme Court.”
They conclude: “The Supreme Court, although often bruised by perceptions of political bias, consistently ranks above the elected branches of government in approval and trust. But that trust is not assured. Partisanship on the left and right has chipped away at … its legitimacy in the past. The ongoing perpetration of such acts, like court packing, could end up cratering it.”
The full article can be read here.