One after another, politicians purported to be on President Obama’s Supreme Court short list have publicly announced their desire to no longer be considered for the high court. It’s no coincidence that it’s only politicians who have taken the step. As professionals they understand they have no chance to actually make it to the Supreme Court and have little desire to be “Obama’s sacrificial lamb.”
See below for the growing list of elected officials who have said thanks, but no thanks to President Obama already:
Senator Cory Booker: “It’s incredibly flattering to be a U.S. senator, which I want to stay at for a long time,” he said. “It’s flattering to be talked about for anything, but I’ve got the best job. The best job I can dream of.”
California Attorney General Kamala Harris: “I’m not putting my name out there, I’m running for United States Senate,” Harris said during a campaign stop in Silicon Valley. “Let’s put that out there right now. That’s not where I’m headed.”
Senator Amy Klobuchar: “I won’t be, because I made it very clear that I love my job representing Minnesota. And I don’t want to be in the running for that job but I will tell you this — being on the Judiciary Committee right now couldn’t be more important,” the Democrat told CNN’s John Berman on ‘New Day.
Finally, there’s Nevada’s Republican Governor Brian Sandoval. Governor Sandoval saw that Harry Reid was pushing his name for the court for purely political reasons, and in less than 24 hours, put an end to that speculation:
In a statement, Sandoval said “earlier today I notified the White House that I do not wish to be considered at this time for possible nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States.”