Hillary Clinton may be our next president, assuming she’s not doing prison time instead. With the unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the Senate’s decision to not consider nominees while Obama remains in office, it looks like the next president — whoever that is — will be the one actually getting a nominee considered.
Clinton may already have a candidate in mind.
At a campaign event in Iowa, Mrs. Clinton told the crowd the next president may have to appoint up to three Supreme Court justices. When one attendee mentioned Mr. Obama as a contender, she seemed excited by the recommendation.
“Wow, what a great idea. No one has ever suggested that to me, I love that, wow,” Mrs. Clinton said. “He may have a few other things to do, but I tell you, that’s a great idea.
Now, this idea came about prior to Scalia’s passing, but it takes on a new relevance in the wake of his death. Clinton may, after all, be in a position to make such a nomination.
She also realizes it’s an uphill fight, commenting that she would need a Democrat-controlled congress to make it happen. What was a distant hypothetical now becomes something Clinton must consider as she ponders her work after taking office should she win.
For opponents of President Obama, who argue about his unconstitutional actions, such a nomination would probably constitute a “worst case scenario” as far as candidates would go.
Which, of course, adds a new level to the already contentious 2016 campaign season.