Posts Tagged ‘Supreme Court’

13th May
2009
written by Sean Noble

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano continues to have her named dropped as a potential nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

As you may recall, I have blogged on this possibility before (here and here) and still believe that it is her only course of action in staying in a profile position in public service since I don’t think she can ever be elected to the Senate from Arizona.

5th May
2009
written by Sean Noble

There is an interesting backlash on the left to the idea of Napolitano getting nominated to the Supreme Court. Left-of-center columnist Stephen Lemons, who writes for the left-wing, but highly entertaining Phoenix New Times, plucks Napolitano in his “Feathered B*****d” column.

“If Toobin knew anything about Nappy,” I wrote in February, “he’d know she’s a gutless, careerist cipher, who left Arizona with a billion dollar deficit, a rock-bottom ranking in education, and a legacy of hate and intolerance spearheaded by nativist pols such as state Senator Russell Pearce and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whom she never really took on during her six year tenure.”

To be sure, the right would go ape if she’s nominated. She incurred their wrath over that unclassified assessment on rightwing extremism, which DHS sent out to cops nationwide. And she’s been prone to flubs in its wake… nominating Nappy to be a Supreme would be like thowing the Limbaugh-ites a hunk of raw meat. So I’d be surprised if it happened.

On the other hand, Nappy has a talent for failing upward. Despite her do-nothing approach to local politics, Arizona Dems slavishly worshipped her, and the populace in general awarded her with reelection. Never mind that she shortly thereafter fled the state, leaving it in dire economic straits. That’s classic Nappy, putting her own self-interest above all others. And that’s why you can never totally count her out.

That’s a pretty fair and balanced assessment, even from a left-winged, feathered… uh, well, you know.

5th May
2009
written by Sean Noble

 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.

4th May
2009
written by Sean Noble

You have to hand it to Obama and his White House team… they are the masters of framing a news story. With the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Souter, Obama gets his first crack at nominating someone to the highest court in the land.  As I twittered a couple days ago, there is a near certainty that Obama is going to get three picks before 2013.

The mastery of the Obama team is that Republican Senator Orrin Hatch has speculated that Obama could announce his pick as early as this week.  When the press asked Obama’s press secretary about that, he didn’t confirm or deny.  They let Hatch carry the story.

Now Sen. Hatch has been around for a long, long time.  He’s been through a bunch of Supreme Court nomination hearings and he isn’t dumb.  He spoke with Obama, got a commitment that the nominee would not be a radical leftist and then was able to tell the press that the pick could come as early as this week.

Here’s my prediction.  Obama will not pick a hard-core leftist (he has two more coming soon), but he’ll pick a predictable liberal (which won’t change the composition of the court) and demonstrate that he is “reasonable” when the nominee sails through committee with Hatch’s support and through the Senate with a bunch of Republican votes.

6th February
2009
written by Sean Noble

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.

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