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Opinion A way to unpack the Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court building on June 25. (Ken Cedeno/Reuters)

E.J. Dionne Jr. said in his Dec. 20 op-ed, “The alternative to court enlargement: Surrender,” what I’ve been spluttering every time I hear a reference to Democrats wanting to pack the Supreme Court. The court already is packed, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) did it and in so doing undeniably politicized the court.

How about, then, balancing the court as remedy? Four liberals, four conservatives and a neutral chief justice. When a justice leaves the bench, the replacement must be of similar judicial philosophy. Balance is maintained, cases are decided based on merit and the law, and the Supreme Court is no longer a tool of political ideologues. It seems like such a reasonable and obvious solution, I guess there must be something fatally wrong with this idea.

Debra SternbergWashington