Unformatted text preview: From Vice President Garner down, many saw the court-packing bill as a sign that the invincible FDR was taking his executive powers too far. Some historians question whether the president would have miscalculated public reaction to an attack on the Supreme Court had Howe been at his side. The court- packing proposal was a sign that there was no other advisor in Washington who would dare argue with Roosevelt to his face and force him to hear all sides of a story. Even Harry Hopkins, to whom FDR had turned after Howe's departure, was reluctant to incur Roosevelt's wrath to his face, and would find other ways to make the President hear another side of an argument. The country was outraged at the court-packing plan, calling it a dictatorial bill. Many politicians feared that Roosevelt had challenged the basic democratic foundation of the United States. Although FDR's court-packing plan met with a defeat at the hands of his United States....
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- Fall '07
- New Deal, Vice President Garner, court packing proposal