Former vice president Joe Biden in an interview with Lesley Stahl for the program “60 minutes” finally revealed his position on court packing. Biden has waffled on the issue for months, not wishing to offend the liberal Sanders wing of the party while trying to appeal to the more moderate voters of the party. In his attempt to please everyone he was at risk of pleasing no one. In the 60 minutes interview he introduced the concept of convening a bipartisan national commission of “constitutional scholars” to study the federal courts system. Biden believes the courts are “out of whack” on a number of issues and in need of reform. More specifically he wanted the commission to confront whether additional justices should be added to the U.S. Supreme Court. One of the few intelligent statements that Biden has made regarding court packing was his statement that, “The last thing we need to do is turn the Supreme Court into just a political football, whoever has the most votes gets whatever they want. Presidents come and go. Supreme Court justices stay for generations.” Biden is now referring to expanding the Supreme Court as “court reform” instead of the more controversial term “court packing.” He would expect the commission’s recommendations for court reform to be completed within 180 days. Until the Republicans were able to appoint a conservative majority to the Court the Democrats were perfectly content with the mechanism for selecting justices to the Court. Now that President Trump has appointed over a hundred circuit court judges and three Supreme Court Justices the Democrats want to change the system.
Joe Biden’s suggestion of a commission of constitutional scholars to study the courts may sound reasonable on face value. Recall the “constitutionalists” who were recommending the impeachment of the President for what now appears to be concern over the Biden family “pay for play” in the Ukraine and other nations. Liberal scholars could recommend rewriting the entire Constitution! We now have a majority of strict Constitutionalist Justices on the Court who will interpret the Constitution “as written.” As “soon to be” Justice Barrett said, Justices are supposed to interpret the law, not legislate from the bench. If Joe Biden is elected there is no guarantee that he will follow through with his court commission. The Democrats selected Joe Biden as their nominee for a reason. He is like silly putty and can be manipulated by people in his administration who will mold him into whatever position they desire. Joe Biden HAS NO position of his own and will do as told until Kamala Harris takes over. It will only be a matter of time before the Biden Cabinet and Congress invoke the 25th amendment and Harris will become president.