Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris slithered her way out of answering an extremely important question during Wednesday night’s debate, and it may cost her and the rest of the Democrats big time.
Vice President Mike Pence – who won the night’s debate by a longshot – repeatedly drilled the radical Kamala Harris to answer if her and Joe Biden planned to pack the Supreme should they win the election after Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the high court.
Much like Joe Biden did the week before, Harris refused to give an answer to the question. Pence pressed on however, saying that the “American people really deserve an answer” on court packing.
“Are you and Joe Biden going to pack the court if Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed? Are you going to pack the court?” Pence asked. “Your party is actually openly advocating adding seats to the Supreme Court, which has had 9 seats for 150 years, if you don’t get your way.”
Pence added that the threat from Democrats is a “classic case of ‘if you can’t win by the rules, you change the rules.”
Harris could not formulate a response.
Pence kept at it, challenging Harris another time to answer the question which she was so clearly afraid to answer. The “American people would really like to know, if she is confirmed, are you and Joe Biden, if somehow you win this election, going to pack the Supreme Court to get your way?” Pence asked.
Harris’ only response was not an answer to the question of court packing, but a deflection to the overused Democrat line that the “American people deserve to make the decision” of “who will serve for a lifetime,” in regards to the confirmation of a new justice.
Historically, timing has never stopped a president from appointing a new justice during an election year. When the party of the appointing president has control of the senate, an appointment and confirmation can occur at anytime within the president’s full four year term.
Pence responded: “People are voting right now, they’d like to know if you and Joe Biden are going to pack the Supreme Court if you don’t get your way in this nomination.”
Harris nervously laughed and pivoted away from the question once again.
“Let the record show she never answered the question,” Pence said. “Maybe in the next debate, Joe Biden will answer the question.”
The idea of “packing” the court with extra justices is a radical method for a party to try and transform the Supreme Court who would likely rule in opposition to fringe policies said party is trying to push.
The move which Democrats are threatening was attempted by Democrat President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1937 to force through parts of his New Deal that were ruled unconstitutional by the high court. He was unsuccessful in his attempt to do so.
Republicans appear to have the necessary votes to move forward with Barrett’s confirmation and they plan to do so. Republicans have 53 votes in the Senate and can therefore afford three defections if no Democrat votes for the nominee. In that instance, Vice President Mike Pence would be called in to break a tie.
Barrett’s confirmation hearing is set to begin on Oct. 12 before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Harris sits on, and run through Oct. 15.