John Hickenlooper is not going to tell voters whether he would support packing the Supreme Court if elected to the U.S. Senate, according to the Denver Post.
John Hickenlooper is declining to say whether he believes congressional Democrats should pursue any specific policy responses to the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court […]
He promised The Post he’d be “much more forthcoming” on the topic of court expansion after the Senate confirmation process concluded.
Now that it has, in a 52-48 vote on Monday night that saw Gardner voting in the majority, and Hickenlooper declined through Moussa to be interviewed Tuesday.
After Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination, Hickenlooper tried desperately to avoid disclosing if he thought it a good idea to add four more judges to the U.S. Supreme Court so Democrats could have more appointments than Republicans.
“It’s a hypothetical”
“I’m open to it”
“I’ll be much more forthcoming after we get this thing past. I promise”
— CO Peak Politics (@COpeakpolitics) October 28, 2020
More recently, Hickenlooper implied he would support the move should Barrett be confirmed.
“My decision on court packing depends on how these senators decide. Not whether they approve it or not, but whether they put it off,” Hickenlooper told KDVR last week.
The former governor’s outright deception on court packing also calls into question the alleged moderate values cited by the Denver Post in their endorsement.
But Democrats shouldn’t end the filibuster or pack the Court. Supporters shouldn’t chant “lock him up” and our leaders must not continue Trump’s abuse of the Attorney General’s office. Ramming through drastic policy changes would be a mistake too, and Hickenlooper agrees.
We hate to break it to the Denver Post, but John Hickenlooper’s continued evasiveness suggests he actually does support extreme Senate policy changes like ending the filibuster and packing the Supreme Court.
Why else would Hick break his word to be more forthcoming and expose himself as a liar?
The truth is Hickenlooper knows he needs to preserve flexibility to abide by the wishes of Democrat Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, who has all but guaranteed he will pack the court if Democrats take control of the Senate in Tuesday’s election.
At the end of the day perhaps it shouldn’t he surprising for a candidate with Hickenlooper’s track record, whose lies on court packing are just another pathetic chapter for the most dishonest and corrupt governor in Colorado’s history.