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Imagine, if you will, a scenario where former President Obama serves as the United State Attorney General, but only as a springboard to have him become a Supreme Court Justice.
There is nothing stopping that scenario from happening and former official for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush says it would be a good idea, The Blaze reported.
Should President-elect Joe Biden appoint former President Barack Obama to be his attorney general? That’s what a former attorney for two former Republican presidents is advocating.
Douglas Kmiec, professor emeritus of constitutional law at Pepperdine University School of Law who served in the Office of Legal Counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W Bush, claimed in an essay for The Hill that appointing Obama as head of the Justice Department would “re-establish the rule of law.”
Kmiec said that Biden, in his role as president, “will need to be highly capable at reassuring estranged voters — Democrat, Republican or independent — that he is governing in the national interest” and argued that appointing the former vice president to the role of attorney general would serve that purpose.
“Biden’s almost-plagiarized overuse of the red state/blue state metaphor from the 2008 election needs a definite boost of authenticity and actual demonstration of applied fairness. Instead of continuing to borrow Barack Obama’s trade line, he needs Obama himself,” Kmiec argued.
“The fastest way to re-establish the rule of law is for Biden to nominate Obama as attorney general. If Biden simultaneously kept Christopher Wray as head of the FBI and made Justice’s current inspector general, Michael Horowitz, head of its Office of Legal Counsel, he would remove much division, doubt and uncertainty,” he said.
“We have never had a former president take on the leadership of an executive department for a successor president, but nothing precludes it, save, possibly, Michelle Obama. We must leave those domestic relations to the former president — but [Obama] has the intelligence, youth and character to do the job,” Kmiec said.
But Kmiec saved his worst prognostication, one that should terrify everyone who believes in conservative values, for last.
“Besides, it’s perfect preparation for subsequent additional public service on the Supreme Court,” he said.
And judging by his past praise for the Obama family, including hinting that he would have liked to have former first lady Michelle Obama as his vice president, it could be possible.
During an interview with CBS Pittsburgh, Biden said he would undoubtedly select Michelle Obama to be his running mate, though he admitted she likely does not want to jump back into politics anytime soon.
“I’d take her in a heartbeat,” Biden said when asked if he would add Obama to the ticket. “She’s brilliant. She knows the way around. She is a really fine woman. The Obamas are great friends.”
It would be a fitting thing to happen when you look at how many times former Vice President Joe Biden mentioned Obama by name on the campaign trail.
He rode his coattails during the election, why not continue to do it?