Republican Senator Ben Sass of Nebraska was absolutely right to say today that some of his Democratic colleagues are playing "mafia politics" with the Supreme Court.
Sase's comment came when he joined in delivering a clear letter from all 53 Senate Republicans to a Supreme Court official, urging the court not to be intimidated by the very thin veiled political threats posed by five Democratic senators. In an official report from a friend of a court in a pending weapons control case, these five wrote the following:
"The Supreme Court is not well. And people know it. Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands that it be "restructured to reduce the impact of politics." In particular, on the urgent issue of arms control, the nation desperately needs to heal. "
As Republican senators have rightly called it, "The implication is clear as day: Stop this case or we will collect the Court." they lose the battle for a moment.
What the Democrats are really threatening is to "pack" the Supreme Court by increasing its size from nine judges to 1
Although he won re-election with 52 votes in favor, 8, Roosevelt could not persuade Congress to gather the court. The Senate dropped the bill by 70-20 votes, and in 1938 the Roosevelt Democratic Party responded to monumental proportions, losing 72 net seats and seven Senate seats.
Yet, today's Democrats want to suppress Roosevelt's terrible idea. As Republican senators wrote, this means that "judicial independence is being compromised … It is one thing for politicians to pitch these ideas in tweets or on stumps. But the Democrats' ammonia demonstrates that their plans for a lawsuit are more than just a mismatch. They are a direct, immediate threat to the independence of the judiciary and the rights of all Americans.
Or, as Sas put it, "it's a mafia policy." "
The Senate leaders of these five Democrats must rebuke them. Even the unwavering liberal justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, argued against packing the court, saying emphatically that "nine seems to be a good number" for the court's duties. If Democrats want to implement their policies, they should try to win elections fairly and squarely, rather than abuse power. Don Corleone has no place in the Senate or the Supreme Court.