Have you ever heard of the phrase, “The switch in time that saved nine?” If Rep. Mark Takano (D-California) gets his way, you just might hear it again.
The phrase comes from President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1937 threat to “pack” the nine-member U.S. Supreme Court with six new sympathetic justices in order to push through his New Deal legislation, parts of which a majority of sitting justices had criticized as unconstitutional. The initiative was cut short when Associate Justice Owen Roberts switched his position to support a controversial minimum wage law, thus “saving” the Court’s integrity.
At a left-wing rally outside the U.S. Senate on September 6, Takano suggested a similar measure in order to stop President Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, from cementing an originalist majority on the Court.
CRC attended the protest—watch our coverage here: