Friday, March 13, 2015

Supreme Irony

Steve Waldman at Washington Monthly has a suggestion for a post-presdiency career for Barack Obama:

If Hillary Clinton wins, Obama should be her first Supreme Court appointment. It’d be good for her, and very good for progressives.

Would he want it? It’s possible he’d view it as too confining, but it may be the only job a former president can get that won’t seem like a step down.

I love it.  Not only is there precedent for it (William Howard Taft went to the Court after serving as president), it would set up one of the more interesting confirmation hearings in the Senate, even assuming that the Democrats are back in control and could get him confirmed.  It would make the Anita Hill hearings look like a Quaker potluck.

Of course he would have to recuse himself from a number of cases that involve his administration, but the best part would be seeing the Republicans, who have been waiting for him to leave the stage ever since he arrived, would have to live with him for the rest of his life.  He’ll be 55 in January 2017; he’d be one of the youngest members on the court.

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  1. This was Taft’s lifelong desire, what he was constitutionally and emotionally fitted for. I’m not so sure O wants a job as restricting as this. I picture him and Michelle in Hawaii eating shave ice and hanging out while he writes his memoirs.

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