Supreme Court Spot Might Be Clinton's Real Dream Ticket

Hillary's talents, impact could be maximized as Obama's first justice
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2008 11:48 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton pauses as she speaks about Sen. Edward Kennedy at her Kentucky primary victory event in Louisville, Ky. Tuesday, May 20, 2008.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – Forget making her a powerless vice president—Barack Obama should promise Hillary Clinton the first available Supreme Court slot, James Andrew Miller writes in the Washington Post. This, arguably, would give her supporters a better incentive to stay in the Democratic fold, because Justice Clinton could actually "play a major role in charting the country's future," Miller says.

What's more, Clinton's keen mind and unflagging determination make her a perfect choice to carry the banner of the left in possibly bruising battles against justices Thomas, Scalia, and Alito. And she's unlikely to be Borked: "Senate confirmation would be all but certain," Miller writes, "even putting aside the gains that Democrats are likely to make in November."