White House Quickly Shoots Down ‘Justice Clinton’ Idea

The White House quickly tamped down a suggestion, made by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) this morning, that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would make a good replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters in his daily briefing today that President Obama has no plans to move Clinton to the judiciary branch.“The president is going to keep her as his secretary of state,” Gibbs said, adding that the White House appreciates Hatch’s suggestion.

Earlier, another White House spokesman told Politico the same.

“The president thinks Secretary Clinton is doing an excellent job as secretary of state and wants her to remain in that position,” said Tommy Vietor.

Clinton herself also demurred.

“Secretary Clinton is working incredibly hard as Secretary of State. She loves her present job and is not looking for another one,” said a spokesman.