Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas used the words of prominent Democrats against them Wednesday with regard to packing the Supreme Court while he was speaking during the confirmation hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
A number of Democrats have ramped up threats to pack the Supreme Court with additional justices should Senate Republicans confirm Barrett. The idea is that by increasing the number of justices from the nine the court has had since 1869 would dilute the power of the conservative majority.
By all indications, it appears Judge Barrett will soon be Justice Barrett.
But the threat of packing the court, should Democrats take power following the Nov. 3 election, still hangs like a cloud over the proceedings — and over the country.
Cruz, concerned about the potential violation of judicial norms, used a portion of his speaking time Wednesday to remind Democrats that they traditionally have been opposed to packing the court, minus, of course, one occasion