No, Joe Biden is not appointing Kamala Harris to SCOTUS

1. Joe Biden said during the 2020 election campaign that he would like to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court.

3. Vice President Kamala Harris, who is African American and South Asian American, had a hard time adjusting to the No. 2 job.

And bingo bango started talking about Kamala Harris in court – she’s a California attorney and attorney general, after all! – and Biden being free to choose a new vice president.

Fox’s Harris Faulkner was quick to jump on the idea. “So that person has to be female, they have to be black, and they have to be younger. Anyone thinks what I think,” she asked. “They don’t know what to do with Kamala Harris in the White House right now. And I can’t be the only person seeing that.”
Tweeted conservative pundit Bill Kristol (maybe) joking:

“Just get out of here. June 30: Court overthrows Roe. July 1: Breyer resigns, says Court ‘needs aggressive progressive justices.’ July 4. Biden picks Harris for court. Harris resigns from post for vice president July 5. Biden chooses Romney as vice president, says national unity needed for global crisis.

That, uh, that’s not gonna happen. For several reasons.

First, Harris chose an elective life; she has served continuously since 2004, when she was elected as the San Francisco district attorney.

Second, she is the next to become President of the United States. Whenever Biden decides to call her (or loses re-election), she is, without a doubt, the early favorite to replace or follow him.

Third, while the Biden team has said it wants to seek SCOTUS candidates with different resumes than people currently on the ground, there are currently many credible candidates in the justice system.

Point: Playing fantasy politics — candidates swapping offices to create new openings — is a favorite board game of Washington’s permanent political class. But, on this one, it does not happen.

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