Granholm Visits White House, Stirs Supreme Court Rumors
God help us, the fact that Jennifer Granholm’s name can even be mentioned in the same breath as other potential Supreme Court nominees is a bad joke. But, somehow she’s on the list and she’ll be at the White House tomorrow, which is leading some to wonder since TOTUS said he wanted to make the announcement this week or next.
Granholm has distinct weaknesses as a nominee, but probably no fatal ones. She has no prior judicial experience. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) withdrew his support for her, though one would expect him to back her if Obama actually nominated her. Moreover, Granholm has had tax problems, though at this juncture that seems more like a prerequisite for Obama than a disqualification. Besides, with the Senate Republicans already lowering expectations that they are planning any major political fight, Obama has a relatively free hand.
She’s a graduate of Harvard law and former Michigan A.G. Her most well-known job, however, has been Grand Destructor of the State of Michigan. She’s been governor there for the state’s precipitous slide into poverty and ruin.