January 28, 2022

Left renews calls for court packing in wake of SCOTUS vaccine rulings

Amid their disappointment over one of the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings on President Joe Biden’s sweeping COVID-19 vaccine mandates, panicked progressives are doubling down on their prior demands for the panel to be expanded from a roster of nine as a way to counteract the current conservative majority, as the Daily Caller reports.

Though the high court let stand the Department of Health and Human Services rule requiring workers at health care facilities receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding to receive the jabs, the justices blocked the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s rule mandating vaccines at private businesses with 100 or more employees.

That outcome, despite being a partial victory for the liberals who have continued to champion all sorts of encroachments on personal liberty over the past two years, was sufficient to send many over the edge and amplify their calls for massive court reform โ€“ despite the refusal of a commission appointed by the president to recommend the same โ€“ as well as the elimination of the Senate filibuster.

Far-left legal commentator for The Nation, Elie Mystal, took to Twitter Thursday to vent his spleen on the matter, saying, “Remember when I said that the Supreme Court would stop the entire Biden agenda and so reforming the Supreme Court should be his number 1 priority and he said he’d make a ‘commission to study it.’ And reform was left to die? THIS IS WHY WE FAIL.”

Radical advocacy group Occupy Democrats reacted to the high court’s split decision by observing, “Once again, we see the conservative Trump-stacked court endangering the American people. RT IF YOU THINK IT’S TIME FOR BIDEN TO STACK THE COURT!”

Journalist Aaron Rupar was similarly nursing his wounds over the mandate decisions, lamenting, “Every time the Supreme Court does something terrible, I’m reminded of the stakes of the 2016 election. That was the big one. It’s obviously spilled milk now. But.”

Progressive caterwauling over court-packing is nothing new, though it gained renewed steam in recent months amid far-left concerns about the fate of Roe v. Wade, which still hangs in abeyance, pending the outcome of a high court decision in a potentially pivotal Mississippi case in which oral arguments have already been held.

For instance, MSNBC’s Joy Reid recently fumed that court-packing advocates must succeed in placing “enough” new justices on the bench “so that three or four people can’t simply decide for the rest of the, you know, the 326 million, how we’re going to live and that we’re going to be forced to live under this far-right sort of religious dictum” and seemed to endorse Mystal’s suggestion that there needs to be 14 or 15 justices in total at the high court.

However, since the aforementioned Biden-appointed commission recently voted to finalize its formal report by taking “no position” on the idea of court-packing and with the president himself unlikely to take further action amid plummeting poll numbers, the leftists tearing their hair out over what they see as an existential judicial crisis will remain frustrated โ€“ at least for the time being.

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