JTN quoted Roman Buhler, the executive director of Keep Nine, who is leading the charge to keep the Supreme Court to nine justices, who said that the feelings on the nation’s high court are bipartisan but divided in Congress.
“The most fascinating thing has been the initial bipartisan support that we’ve gotten to the idea of keeping nine justices,” Buhler told the John Solomon Reports podcast.
“Our organization actually is led by a Democrat, a former state attorney general of Virginia. And it was originally proposed by a group of 15 former state attorneys general, a majority of whom were Democrat.
“And the Keep Nine Amendment, which says in its entirety, ‘The Supreme Court of the United States shall be composed of nine justices,’ was first introduced in Congress by a Democrat. So this is a bipartisan movement. Polling shows we have overwhelming support from the public, 62% in favor, only 18% against. Of those who have an opinion, overwhelming majorities of both Republicans and Democrats favor this amendment.”
Politicians are another matter, however, according to Buhler, who said that “two-thirds of the Republicans in the House of Representatives who support the Keep Nine Amendment. We have more than 40% of the Senate Republicans.
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) said on “Just the News a.m.,” of the amendment introduced by now-former Representatives Collin C. Peterson (D-MN.) and Denver Riggleman (R-VA) that “It’s been nine justices on the Supreme Court … for over 150 years … It’s consistent with who we’ve come to become as Americans, looking at our judiciary, and they want to pack the court, and they want to stick four more on, coincidentally, so they can outnumber with Democrat appointments, the Republican appointments.”
Conservative’s concern with court-packing lies in the likelihood that there would be a majority of liberals put on the court that makes the final call in many monumental decisions. Democrats, however, have remained unhappy with the conservative majority since its inception, about six months ago.