Hillary Rodham Clinton told an audience in Iowa Tuesday that she would consider appointing Barack Obama to the U.S. Supreme Court if she is elected president in November.
Responding to a question from the audience about possible appointments to the high court that might include Obama, she reacted, “Wow, what a great idea. No one has ever suggested that to me, I love that, wow!”
Supreme Court appointments are for life, or until a justice decides to retire. Ditto presidential appointments to the lower federal courts. Those appointments must be confirmed by the Senate, and Clinton reminded her audience, “Now we do have to get a Democratic Senate to get him confirmed so you’re going to have to help me on that, OK?”
Many people think the next president will appoint anywhere from one to three or even four new high court justices. If Clinton is elected in November, that could result in a leftward tilt to the Supreme Court that would not be reversed for possibly years. This is especially troubling to Second Amendment activists, considering that both the 2008 Heller and 2010 McDonald rulings on the right to keep and bear arms were decided on the slim 5-4 margin.
Clinton remains the Democratic front runner, although Sen. Bernie Sanders appears to be closing the gap, depending upon which poll one believes. The Iowa Caucuses are next week.
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Obama, Clinton said, is “brilliant.”
“He was a law professor, so he’s got all the credentials,” she said.
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