“The problem on the left is there haven’t been enough ideas. There hasn’t been enough energy,” said Jeremy Paris of the Raben Group, who used to work on judicial nominations for Senate Democrats (Paris has previously done work for Take Back the Court but wasn’t speaking on the group’s behalf). “I’m not trying to be Pollyannaish — these fights among friends can be some of the messiest, but I don’t really think it’s a fight. I think it’s kind of a churning of ideas and energy, and I’m hoping it grows.”
Jeremy Paris said he didn’t think the issue had picked up steam yet at the grassroots level, but he hopes that will change.
“I don’t know that we really are acting like it’s a crisis,” he said. “Every ambitious agenda item that a presidential candidate has is ultimately going to depend to some degree, if not an entire degree, on who is sitting on the federal bench. They need to have a strategy around judges.”