Brian Fallon, a former Senate Democratic leadership aide who now runs the progressive group Demand Justice, called it a “punt” and concluded that it “runs the risk of stalling momentum for serious reform.”

Progressive senators were less harsh — but they weren’t overly enthusiastic, with many Senate Democrats saying they weren’t entirely consulted about Biden’s plan and that they needed to win the election first…

Moreover, Republicans said Biden’s proposal is just a delay tactic to get him through Nov. 3 unscathed. Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called it “gibberish.”

“I don’t know why he wouldn’t just have the guts to say he wants to pack the court, because I think his base clearly wants to pack the court,” said Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). “It’s totally disingenuous.”