It’s not every day that I can say that I’m way ahead of the curve in comparison to Arizona Republic columnist Ed Montini. He has posted a column discussing the possibility of Janet Napolitano getting tapped for the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by Justice Souter.
I wrote about this issue back in early February. Here’s what I said at the time:
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.
Now that Secretary Napolitano has had a couple months under her belt, it’s more clear than ever that the only place she can land is the Supreme Court. The number of clumsy missteps she has made over the last few weeks have been near-fatal for seeking a future elective office.