With Ruth Bader Ginsberg fighting cancer, and the uncertainty of whether that will lead to her retirement, the speculation of who will replace her is in full tilt. A couple of things that are near-certainties: It will be a woman (Obama is not going to allow the court to go all-male) and because it will be a woman replacing a woman, it won’t have to be someone with judicial experience, in fact, it likely won’t, because it’s hard to criticize where a Supreme Court nominee will come down on various issues if there is no previous judicial decisions.
I was one of the people that was shocked that Governor Napolitano took Department of Homeland Security. I was shocked because I have always viewed her as a pretty political animal. Anyone who has ambition for higher elective office is taking a huge risk in heading up DHS. Politically, it’s almost a no-win situation. Do your job perfectly, no fumbles on major disasters, no terrorist attacks, nobody notices.
But one slip-up can be career-ending.
That is, unless you have your sights on the Supreme Court. Then it begins to make a lot more sense. Take on the responsibility of the largest agency in the Federal government, do a competent job, and tee yourself up for a nomination to a justice for SCOTUS.
Bottom line: don’t be surprised if Napolitano gets tapped for the bench.