Senator Hatch (R., Utah) went out of his way to praise SecState Hillary Clinton as a potential Supreme Court pick on the Today Show this morning:
“I happen to like Hillary Clinton, I think she’s done agood job for the Democrats — Secretary of State’s position,” Hatch said, “and I have high respect for her, and think a great deal of her.”
But the White House quickly dispelled as rumor the idea that Obama is considering Clinton for Associate Justice Stevens’ seat:
“The President thinks Secretary Clinton is doing an excellent job as Secretary of State and wants her to remain in that position,” said White House spokesman Tommy Vietor.
Clinton’s spokesman had said she was flattered by Hatch’s flotation, though happy in her current posts, and others in Clinton’s circle had quietly responded warmly to the notion.
But Veitor’s comment is aimed at putting an end to the speculation.