Comment was quick following news that Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton thought appointing Barack Obama to the Supreme Court was a great idea.
While stumping for early caucus votes in Iowa, Clinton weighed in on the prospect the next president may wind up appointing numerous new justices to the nation’s high court after a member of the crowd asked if she would consider the current President– a former lawyer– for the job should she move into the White House.
“Wow, what a great idea. No one has ever suggested that to me, I love that, wow,” the candidate responded. “He may have a few other things to do but I tell you that’s a great idea.”
Even if she wins a spot in the Oval Office, Clinton admitted that she would, “need a Democratic Senate to get him confirmed.”
This brought retort from the National Rifle Association who released an video entitled, “We can’t afford a ‘Justice Obama'” citing a number of recent Second Amendment cases by the Supreme Court such as Heller and McDonald were decided by razor-thin 5-4 majorities.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade group for the gun industry, also released a spot Friday with much the same argument, questioning just what an estimated 1-3 new Team Hillary appointments could do to the landscape of the high court.
As noted by biographical statistics maintained by the court, the current nine justices on lifetime appointment have an average age in their 70s with the youngest, Justice Elena Kagan, clocking in at a spry 55 years and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the oldest justice, now 82. Justice Antonin G. Scalia, a stalwart for the Second Amendment on the panel, is 79.
This leaves the prospect of a cheeseburger heart attack or inclination to retire a very real possibility to create an open spot or two on the bench in coming years.
However, while some justices in the past have been content to step down and throw legal rocks from a distance in their golden years, others– for example Ginsburg, one of the most liberal on the bench– have said they have no interest in retiring any time soon.