What the Republicans did in not confirming Merrick Garland was egregious. By comparison, rushing to confirm Amy Barrett Browning seems fair and reasonable. The real sin was failing to confirm Merrick, not rushing to confirm Amy. But – here we are. The Democrats seem powerless to stop Browning’s confirmation. I’m pretty opposed to screwing up our Democratic institutions, and packing the court definitely falls under that umbrella. I’m so opposed, I’d be hesitant to even vote for Biden if he fails to state that he won’t pack the court.
And yet . . . adding two justices to the court would null out Trump’s pick that replaced Garland and add the Garland equivalent that should have been added to the bench. Which seems fair.
Again, RBG could have averted all this. So I kind of blame her. But mostly I blame the Republicans for failing to confirm Merrick Garland.