Democrats push Joe Biden to release Supreme Court shortlist

Democrats push Joe Biden to release Supreme Court shortlist

Bo Erickson

CBS News

Democrats push Joe Biden to release Supreme Court short list

The docket of the Supreme Court this year is packed with core liberal issues: abortion access, federal protection for LGBT workers and gun rights. But given the court’s 5-4 conservative majority, liberals are nervous about how those cases will be decided — and how future issues will be resolved if the balance shifts further after 2021. At the same time, they’re also viewing this as a prime  opportunity to press Joe Biden to make his case for the White House by running on the judiciary.

In doing so, Biden might galvanize his moderate base and bring along reluctant progressives. It’s the same approach used by conservative groups for decades.

“We are about 40 or 50 years behind the conservatives on realizing that a lot of excitement actually happens at the courts,” Indivisible Project’s director of democracy policy Meagan Hatcher-Mays told CBS News. She cited the Supreme Court’s recent decision regarding Wisconsin’s primary, which effectively forced voters to brave the polls during the COVID-19 pandemic, as a clear example of how the high court’s decisions can directly impact lives.

Several lawyers and activists told CBS News that Biden, a former public defender, should run on protecting the popular liberal legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Progressives warn if Biden is not elected, the Supreme Court’s current 5-4 conservative tilt could balloon into a potential 7-2 majority if Ginsburg, 87, and  Stephen Breyer, 81, choose to retire or face greater health troubles.

This outlook is too grim for voters like twins Tonya and Tiffany Hamilton, 37, who, wh


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