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Opinion: A modest proposal on SCOTUS (more 'West Wing' than 'House of Cards')

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Former Sen. Judd Gregg, and public policy prof Charles Wheelan, say there's an elegant path forward -- out of the political parties' tit-for-tat around the SCOTUS nomination and the impending election. Six brave senators from each side of the aisle could sign on to a plan to restore the ability of legislative institutions to work together.

If the Democrats win the presidency and control of the Senate (and polls suggest they have a chance) they might respond by adding more justices to the Supreme Court.

They could also eliminate the filibuster rule in the Senate, which would allow Congress to grant statehood to the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and any other territory likely to elect Democrats -- effectively "packing the Senate," too.

Twelve senators -- six Republicans and six Democrats (not at risk of losing their seats in November) -- would make the following deal: The Republicans would agree to postpone a Senate vote on Barrett until after the presidential election.

If President Trump is reelected, the nomination would go forward immediately, before the new Senate is seated.

In exchange, the Democrats would pledge to preserve the filibuster if they win control of the Senate in November.

We realize that what we are proposing is more "West Wing" than "House of Cards" --a small group of senators, sharing some bond of residual trust and coming to the conclusion that it's time for the Senate to step up, joining forces to change the trajectory of American politics.

Our government works best when the Senate works well.

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