Joe Biden: Sure, I'll Nominate Barack Obama to the Supreme Court

In this July 20, 2019, photo, former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in an electrical workers union hall in Las Vegas. Biden is proposing a sweeping criminal justice agenda that would reverse key provisions of the 1994 crime bill he helped author and which rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination have blamed for mass incarceration of racial minorities. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Barack Obama

Former US President Barack Obama attends a town hall meeting at the ‘European School For Management And Technology’ (ESMT) in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, April 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)


Consider this an idea back from the dead, as it was floated when it was assumed Hillary Clinton would win the presidency.

Joe Biden was in Washington, Iowa, when he was asked about the prospect of putting the former president on the highest court in the land. Here’s his answer.

I’m failing to see how this makes any sense at all. Let’s remember that Democrats have spent the last three years of Trump’s term screaming bloody murder about “experience” when actual judges are placed on the appeals courts, but they want Barack Obama on the Supreme Court with no experience at all? Makes sense.

Obama has never been a judge, nor even practiced law as far as I’m aware. One of Obama’s appointments, Justice Kagan, was never a judge either and she’s turned out to be one of the most obviously unqualified, partisan members of the group. That’s a good case study in why nominating a partisan with no experience isn’t the best of ideas.


The truth is that Biden doesn’t want to actually nominate Obama to the Supreme Court. This is just him pandering to the more traditional wing of the Democrat party, which sees the Obama administration as the golden era of liberal governance. And why would Obama even want the job? He’s managed to become a multi-millionaire making cash off his stint as president. Relaxing on Martha’s Vineyard seems much preferable to spending half the year hearing cases for the rest of one’s life.

There is some irony in the fact that Biden is the Never Trump savior of people like Bill Kristol, even as he’s promising to put a major liberal ideologue on the Supreme Court. So much conserving of conservatism.

But hey, if Biden is actually serious about this, it’s yet another reason he should be vehemently opposed in 2020.


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