As Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer prepares for retirement, President Biden is tasked with nominating the next justice to a Supreme Court that now weighs heavily conservative. Bill Blum and Nico House joined Roundtable to discuss the nomination process and the future of the Court.
In this segment, the panel discusses the fairness of the Supreme Court selection process.
House argues that the fact that the president nominates Court justices necessarily politicizes the institution.
"The most important positions in the, in the country are appointed by party, when this is supposed to be a nonpartisan system," he said.
But the Constitution, as Blum notes, gives little room for altering how the Court gets composed.
"Nothing in the Constitution allows for the election of Supreme court justices or federal judges," Blum said. "Constitutionally, you can expand the court, but you're always going to be limited by the political composition of the Senate and by who is president."
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The panel also discusses the disconnect between the Supreme Court and the public interest.
Blum argues that the court disproportionately represents corporate interests at the expense of everyday Americans.
"We ought to be talking about making the court responsive to the contemporary needs and values of America," Blum said. "We have a society in which the vast majority of people are not wealthy. They don't own big businesses. We have a court that is beholden to a precious few, and it's getting worse."
To House, that disconnect calls for a larger-level reform to how the Court operates.
You can watch the panel discussion here: