By Ralph Hipp
Forget the chats about Hillary Clinton going to the nation's high court. President Obama says he needs her right where she is. There's another Clinton, you know. Put him on the U.S. Supreme Court, and you'd probably never from him again. Former President Bill Clinton.
First, the high points: he's a renowned former constitutional and legal professor, not to mention a previous occupant of the White House. (Big ole President William Howard Taft spent his final years serving on the Supreme Court, so it's been done before.) If anyone in Washington is tired of hearing him harp about the way the country's being run now, an appointment to the Court would prohibit him from speaking publicly about the issues, only joining in the court vote yay or nay on legal issues that come before them once Justice Stevens leaves in July.
Now, the low points: Could the man well known for his dalliances with women win confirmation from the Senate? Even a Democratically controlled Senate? Critics would say Bill Clinton would make Clarence Thomas look like a Boy Scout. (And I hate to use that term, because some of us would hold Scouts in higher regard.) Wonder if the Senate would overlook at lot of that, but the confirmation hearings would be interesting. (It depends what "is" is...) Placing him on the Supreme Court bench would also prevent BC from doing some of the outstanding charitable work he's been doing lately through his Foundation.
I sure enjoy reading your thoughts on whether William Jefferson Clinton would make an absolutely outstanding Supreme Court Justice, or wouldn't be sure what it was. Ralph