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For Biden, who is trying to hold together a coalition of Democrats that includes moderates and progressives, the issue remains a sensitive one.
The former vice president said he would make a final decision on packing in court before election day, even though millions of Americans have already started voting.
In a televised town hall on Thursday night, Biden pointed to the Republicans’ efforts to speed up the judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettRepublicans increasingly seek distance from Trump Overnight Health Care: Pfizer could apply for vaccine approval by late November, telling state health officials they need .4B for vaccination efforts CDC: Blacks, Hispanics, dying from COVID-19 at disproportionately high rates, the big group for Abortion Rights urges Democrats to replace Feinstein on Justice Committee MOREThe nomination a few weeks before the election as the reason for his possible change of heart on this issue.
“It depends how much you speed it up,” Biden told ABC News City Hall in Philadelphia.
Some Democrats hailed the news, saying the Democratic candidate understood what the party wants, especially at a time when Republicans were pushing the verification process so close to the election. You also quickly remember the position of the GOP leaders in 2016, when then-President Obama appointed the judge Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian Garland Biden questioner at City Hall worked as speechwriter in the Obama administration: Trump report blames Collins in difficult re-election campaign 2016 and 2020 Senate votes are roughly the same: constitutional judges MORE to the Supreme Court. The Republicans at the time said a candidate shouldn’t get this close to an election even though it was eight months away.
“The whole Republican attitude towards Amy Coney Barrett and most other things seems to be, ‘What are you going to do about it, huh?’ And Democrats – Joe Biden in particular – have to show that we can and will do something about it, ”said Democratic strategist Christy Setzer, admitting that Biden is walking“ a hard line ”with center-right-center that maybe sees it as radical and full of progressives who want more action.
“It’s not just about defending yourself against bullying and illegitimate takeovers of power. It’s about restoring basic fairness, ”she said.
Some progressives said Biden’s apparent willingness to move on the matter, even without fully engaging in it, was significant.
“I think it suggests that Vice President Biden is the kind of leader who understands how to read the writing on the wall,” said Neil Sroka, strategist for Democracy for America, one of 20 progressive groups that received a letter in which they called for judicial reform to be included in the democratic platform. “Like many executives, we often have to do things that we’re not fans of.”
At the same time, Sroka said he understood why Biden didn’t wholeheartedly support the idea.
“I think it’s transparent,” he said. “If he had taken a firm position on it, the Republicans would have voted on it.”
Earlier this week, in an interview with WKRC, a local Cincinnati subsidiary, Biden said he was “not a fan of court packaging, but I don’t want to get away with this whole thing”.
“I want to stay focused,” added Biden. “The president doesn’t want anything better than arguing about whether or not I would actually get the court, and so on. The focus is on why he’s doing this now. “
Behind the scenes, Biden reiterated to aides and confidants that he did not believe in putting more judges on the bench, which is why he had no desire to speak publicly on the issue and upset the Republicans. The Democratic candidate has previously spoken out against the matter, stating that it is a problem that could harm Democrats if they are not in power.
Allies say he wanted Barrett’s hearings to be held before the weigh-up.
“We didn’t respond because we don’t like to talk about hypotheses,” a Biden ally, who was close to the campaign, told The Hill earlier this week. “The campaign didn’t want to make it an issue until we had to get there. Barrett is still going through the process. Let’s wait until we have completed this process. “
And some Democrats say Biden has the right instinct not to want to discuss this before election day.
“If you are in favor of packing in court, talk about it on the Wednesday after Tuesday’s election,” said Democratic strategist Michael Trujillo, adding that Biden “is running a flawless campaign and that means asking questions like packing in court explicitly not to answer. “
Sroka hopes that in addition to bringing more judges to the bench, Biden is “open to a whole host of different options,” including age and tenure restrictions.
“It should be an all of the above approach,” he said.
But Basil Smikle, who served as executive director of the New York Democratic Party, agreed with Sroka to find other ways to “democratize the nomination and confirmation process,” including tenure limits that would “balance the influence of a particular party on long periods of time “He doesn’t know if packing in court is the answer.
Even so, Smikle said he didn’t know if court packing was the answer.
“Ultimately, the real solution is for voters to realize that elections have consequences and that we should focus on ways for future Democrats to shape the courts as Republicans have done for decades,” he said.