Harry Reid, the Democrat who infamously failed to heed Mitch McConell’s warnings not to change the Senate rules to eliminate the need for 60 votes to end debate over judicial nominations, admits that President Joe Biden is taking things too far with his plans to pack the Supreme Court.
“I think we should be very, very careful” said Reid in an interview with CNN’s Jim Acosta. Acosta appeared visibly dismayed by Reid’s remarks, perhaps expecting an answer more supportive of the Democrat president.
“Something sort of thought provoking came out of the Biden administration this past week and it didn’t get a lot of attention because there’s so much going on in the news. He’s now created a commission to adding seats to the Supreme Court. Other ideas that some progressives are pushing for—they want to see the court’s conservative majority be ‘balanced’,” said Acosta.
“Where do you stand on that?” Asked Acosta. “Do you think it’s a good idea to add seats to the Supreme Court?”
“I think we should be very, very careful in doing so,” said Reid. “I have no problem with the commission but I think that the commission is going to come back and disappoint a lot of people because I think they’re going to come back and say ‘we need to just kind of leave it alone.’”
“I think it would be inappropriate at this time after the long history we’ve had in the country… have term limits for judges. I think we have to be very, very careful in saying that we need to expand the Supreme Court. I think we need to be very, very careful,” he added.”
“I think some people might be surprised to hear you say that,” replied Acosta. “Because you were definitely a fighter when you were in the Senate and liked to take it to the other side but it sounds like you’re urging caution moving forward in that regard.”
“Let me just say one thing: the filibuster is on its way out. It’s not a question of ‘if’, it’s a question of ‘when’,” replied Reid, doubling down on his previously disastrous efforts to change the Senate rules that ended up backfiring on Democrats. “You cannot have a democracy that picks 60 percent of the vote. And so it’s only a matter of time until the filibuster goes away.”