Supreme Court nominations don’t seem as sought after as they used to be, or at least not the one President Barack Obama plans to make to replace Justice Antonin Scalia.
That’s because so many of those mentioned for the spot have already said no. The conservative group America Rising recently put together a video montage of potential nominees who said they weren’t interested.
There may be little incentive for anyone to say yes to Obama. Senate Republican leaders — citing what Democrats have said in the past — determined they won’t consider an Obama nominee and insist on allowing the next president to nominate a Scalia replacement in 2017.
Despite so many saying potential nominees saying turning the administration down, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told TheBlaze Tuesday that it is absolutely a nomination worth having.
“I do not anticipate having any trouble choosing the right person for the job and having that person accept the opportunity to go through the nomination process,” Earnest said.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who was almost immediately mentioned as a potential nominee after Scalia, announced he didn’t want the job: “It’s incredibly flattering to be a U.S. senator, which I want to stay at for a long time. 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 said, “I’m not putting my name out there; I’m running for United States Senate.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) also was a no: “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.”
Nevada’s Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval pulled himself out of the running, saying: “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.”
Even Obama’s own Attorney General Loretta Lynch, when asked, said, “Haven’t had those conversations. I’m extremely happy with my job as attorney general.”
A coalition of liberal groups, which includes Organizing for Action, an outgrowth of Obama’s two presidential campaigns, the Daily Kos and MoveOn.org are holding a National Day of Action on March 3, with rallies across the country demanding the Senate consider Obama’s nominee.