Political speculation adds Klobuchar’s name to lo-o-ong list of potential Supreme Court nominees

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Will Minnesota’s Sen. Amy Klobuchar be the next Supreme Court pick? It might not be very likely, but let’s speculate just for fun.

The Pioneer Press reports today that the Democrat has been mentioned as a potential nominee by some well-respected news groups and politicos, but she declined to directly address the rumors on Tuesday.

“It is always an honor to have your name out there, but I think Minnesota deserves at least one senator,” Klobuchar told the Pioneer Press.

Klobuchar added that she would “like to see more women on the Supreme Court. But I don’t think this should be a litmus test for his first nominee.”

Meanwhile, in an op-ed in Roll Call today, Norm Ornstein, a congressional expert with the conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute, also named Klobuchar as an option, saying that he is “among the most ardent supporters of filling the Souter slot with someone with elective experience, preferably (but not necessarily) from Congress.”

As Ornstein discusses, a court made up of only those with significant judicial experience is a relatively new phenomenon. Ornstein sees this development as a minus.

“Having justices with no sense of the real world of campaigns and politics, whose world view is shaped otherwise by experience in big law firms or from the ivory tower of law schools, is no way to fill a court that has to interpret legislative intent and respect the lawmaking process including the give-and-take necessary to pass legislation, much less a court that has to make decisions about campaign finance, redistricting and other critical areas shaping the political process,” wrote Ornstein.

Ornstein continues with this proposition:

“But the country would be well-served to have at least one member who has served in a legislature, or had to deal with a legislature as governor, or at least had to face voters and practice politics. There are plenty of smart and qualified options here, from Jennifer Granholm to Janet Napolitano to Bobby Scott to Zoe Lofgren to Amy Klobuchar to Sheldon Whitehouse, and many more. I hope the president, who knows constitutional law, the role of the court, and the role of Congress and politics as well as any president in history, takes the argument seriously.”

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 05/06/2009 - 12:28 pm.

    If President Obama is looking for someone who has “failed miserably” in keeping her campaign promises (lowering the deficit, lowering the debt, strict adherence to Pay-go, and getting us out of Iraq) she would be a wonderful choice.

  2. Submitted by Tim Nelson on 05/08/2009 - 04:25 pm.

    One of my predictions for 2009 as well. Peter Hutchinson appointed to her Senate seat is another.

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