Hillary Clinton for Justice?

April 12, 2010

NUCLEAR-SUMMIT/Would Secretary of State Hillary Clinton trade her globetrotting ways for the distinguished black robe of a Supreme Court Justice?

The Washington parlor game is in full swing over who President Barack Obama will pick to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

In the middle of it all, Clinton’s name was very publicly, and quite intriguingly, thrown into the mix this morningĀ  — by a Republican.

Flashback: remember there was talk after she dropped her bid for president in the 2008 election that perhaps she might be considered for the U.S. Supreme Court in an Obama administration.

Senator Orrin Hatch on NBC’s “Today” let out the tantalizing tidbit: “I even heard the name Hillary Clinton today, and that would be an interesting person in the mix.”

When asked about it, the Utah Republican said: “I happen to like Hillary Clinton, I think she’s done a good job for the Democrat secretary of state’s position, and I have a high respect for her and think a good deal of her.”

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Could the Republicans be floating a trial balloon? Was it a message for Obama on who the Republicans would like to see fill that Supreme Court opening? Or was it simply Hatch being playful?

Well the White House didn’t allow the speculation to run wild for too long. In fact they squashed it like a bug with a statement that Obama thinks Clinton is doing an excellent job as Secretary of State and wants her to stay in that job.

There’s still time for other names to pop up. Who do you think Obama should pick for the Supreme Court vacancy?

Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Clinton in Prague)

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