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Democrats are threatening to pack the Supreme Court if Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed, but they might not have the Senate votes if the chamber is closely divided. No problem: The number of seats in the Senate, as on the High Court bench, can be adjusted to fit Democrats’ evolving ideological preferences.

In June the House for the first time passed a bill that would make the District of Columbia a state, and Barack Obama in July called Puerto Rican statehood a progressive priority. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said recently that he’d “love to make them states.” This can be done with an act of Congress, so a 104-seat Senate would be on the table with a Democratic sweep.

Many Americans think they are voting for a temporary Democratic government after four years of Donald Trump. They may be surprised to find they actually voted for Senate-packing and a permanent shift in partisan power.

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