Progressives saw his campaign’s willingness to accept the platform plank as a sign that Mr. Biden and his team were increasingly open to discussing that potential change among others, such as term limits for justices and judges or adding federal judgeships at the lower levels.
“Even this generalized statement of support for structural reform is the a big step, considering it is the Vice President Biden,” said Brian Fallon, head of the progressive judicial advocacy group Demand Justice, which pushed for the language and released it on Friday. “I think it shows real progress for those of us who are trying to get Democrats to take the courts more seriously than we have In recent years.”
The Biden campaign declined a request to discuss the platform language, which has not yet officially been made public. One Biden campaign official said the position on the courts was seen by the campaign as more of a values statement than a foretelling of specific changes or proposals.
But its sponsors welcomed it and said the party had to be more forceful In response to the aggressive Republican judicial campaign that has transformed the courts by installing scores of younger, highly conservative justices that will be serving for years to come.
“I think it is the a long overdue conversation about how we need to think about decades of court-capture by the Republicans and the right,” said Ilyse Hogue, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, the abortion-rights group, and a member of the platform committee who submitted the court language as part of a package of additions. She noted that more than a dozen cases threatening abortion rights were moving through the courts.