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The Road to Reform

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November 1, 2020 1:02 p.m.

From TPM Reader NL

I think there is a small subset of the Democratic universe that appreciates that court reform is vital to sustaining small-d democracy over the near term given the very unhidden corruption of the federal judiciary.

However, as a party, I worry that a loser’s mentality is baked into how we operate. My spouse is a former government attorney with connections through the DC legal community. You cannot imagine how many creative ideas for court reform I have had passed on to me. The one defect with all these proposals is a desire to find the “fair” solution now. This completely mistakes how power works. Without a show of force that establishes that Democrats finally have the intestinal fortitude to do what the moment demands, there is no reason for anyone (let alone McConnell) to take them seriously. Is there a way to break through this academic approach to change? I have no idea. I would not normally care, except that this subset of Democrats manages to be extraordinarily well-connected.

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