Hillary: Supreme Court Justice Obama Would Be ‘A Great Idea’
Via The Hill:
While on the campaign trail in Iowa on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton said it would be “a great idea” to nominate President Obama to the Supreme Court one day.
Clinton was holding a rally in Decorah with less than a week left before the first-in-the-nation caucuses when she was asked about the possibility of nominating the 44th president to the high court should she become the 45th.
“Wow, what a great idea. Nobody has ever suggested that to me,” she said. “He may have a few other things to do.”
Obama graduated from Harvard Law, the alma mater of a majority of the sitting justices on the court, and served as the first black editor of the Harvard Law Review. There have been rumors of him teaching at Columbia Law School after he leaves office, but nothing has been confirmed.
Assuming the GOP maintains control of the Senate in 2016, an Obama nomination would be a tough sell in the Judiciary Committee. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican and presidential hopeful, serves on the committee and would likely be a vocal impediment to that nomination. Other GOP members who have accused Obama of flouting the Constitution would be sure to protest as well.
Clinton commented that the next president could make anywhere from one to three Supreme Court appointments depending on when justices decide to retire.
“I think that the Supreme Court has been heading in the wrong direction,” Clinton said.