Kavanaugh coping mechanisms: 5 wild Dem schemes to counter Trump’s SCOTUS win

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October 10, 2018

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After failing to block the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Democrats and allies in the media are shifting course to float a range of ideas — some far-fetched — to curb the rightward shift of the court.

They range from packing the bench with more justices to overhauling the Constitution itself. Here’s a look at some of the strategies that have taken off in the opinion pages, social media-sphere and cable talk circuit.

Packing the Court

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt once famously threatened to expand the Supreme Court to as many as 15 justices after the court ruled against a number of his New Deal measures. The plan was shut down in the Senate, but it gave the plan a whiff of legitimacy and is frequently cited by liberals whenever the court leans to the right.

One of the voices leading the charge in the wake of Kavanaugh’s confirmation is Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, who advised there “should be no squeamishness” about packing the court if Democrats gain the power to do so after the 2020 election.

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