By Mark Memmott
Her name has come up in the past as a possibility, and this morning Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah raised it again.
On NBC-TV's The Today Show, the Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee threw out the name of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as someone who might be nominated by Democratic President Barack Obama to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. "That would be an interesting person in the mix," Hatch said. And, he added, he likes and respects the former first lady:
What say you?
We'll keep the question open for 48 hours.
Update at 2:55 p.m. ET. More dampening of the fire from the White House. The AP writes that:
"White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Monday that Obama has no intention of changing Clinton's job title. Said Gibbs: 'The president is going to keep her as his secretary of state.' "
Update at 1:15 p.m. ET. Politico passes along word from the White House that the a Clinton nomination may not be in the cards:
"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.