May 3rd, 2009
10:11 AM ET
7 months ago

Napolitano continues to shrug off Supreme Court questions

(CNN) – Janet Napolitano just started her first Washington job - but speculation lingers over whether she might be interested in a more permanent post in the nation's capital.

The Homeland Security secretary continued to shrug off questions Sunday over whether or not she'd be willing to serve on the Supreme Court if she were tapped by President Obama to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Justice David Souter.

"You know Chris, I got to tell you, I got my hands full with the flu right now and I’m just going to stick with that," she told Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace.

Under further questioning, she didn't clarify. "The president has many, many excellent choices before him. And that’s his choice," she said.

The former Arizona governor has long been considered by some political observers to be a possible pick for the high court. On Friday, she also did not indicate whether or not she would consider serving on the high court.

“I’m fully engaged as the Secretary of Homeland Security,” she told reporters. “In fact, I hadn’t heard that he’d actually resigned so you just broke some news for me today.”


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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Ernesto

    Why not a woman, a Black, or Hispanic? It would seem that Gender and Race are playing a greater role in a society that is suppose to be blind to these issues.

    I find it rediculous for Shawn to call someone incompetent when there is no evidence to that statement. Besides that, there is that very high standard of incompetence that was set by Mr. Bush, Dicky Cheney, Alberto Gonzales, Donald Rumsfeld and their cohorts and appointees. I don't think President Obama will come close to their disaster making skills. Don't get me started on FEMA.....!

    The Republicans can interprete "facts" and spew their garbage, but The facts remain to haunt them.

    May 3, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Chris

    It would be nice to see her move and maybe President Obama would pick Colin Powell to be the next Director of Homeland Security. I for one was surprised that we was not offered a position. He would be my 1st choice for this post.

    May 3, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. True Texan

    To the earlier poster, how do you know Powell wasn't offered a position, or being considered? He may well have indicated that he wasn't interested. Becoming the Secretary of Homeland Security would be a step down for him - why would he want that?

    As for the Supreme Court ... I just hope they go outside of the Harvard-Yale-Stanford crowd and find some people whose life experience and perspective extend beyond the comfort and safety of the ivory tower bubble. If Obama wants to change Washington, he can't put the usual suspects on the Court.

    May 3, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Observant

    Janet is a smart woman and would be great as a Supreme Court justice. In fact, it is a better fit for her than the Homeland Security position, after all she is a lawyer.

    May 3, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Kim, Dallas, TX

    You people that cannot get off of the "fraudulent birth certificate issue" are really very ignorant. My son was born in Hawaii and his birth certificate looks exactly like the one that has been provided for Obama. Get over it already!!

    May 3, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Sarah Palin

    They'll take anyone.

    May 3, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. carl

    To gl in Pittsburgh.
    You said that there are to many white faces in the supreme court.YOU MUST BE A RACIST AGAINST WHITES OR AM I WRONG!!!

    May 3, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Mary in Florida: Great comment on "how about Palin, she watched a couple of law and order shows". I couldn't possibly image a justice being picked by Palin, that would be embarrassing, when she herself is undereducated and totally unqualified. But the Republicans picked Palin to be a heartbeat away from the presidency and we the Americans screamed loud and said "H... No".

    May 3, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. Tim

    a moderate conservative, Black, white, Latin, Asian, male or female, doesn’t matter, we have got to save our country from this idiot Obama

    May 3, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. bill

    why is it so important to appoint a black, yellow, red, brown person to the court?

    seems to me race, creed, religion, etc. does not exempt any human being from corruption, narrow mindness, political agendas or anything else mean spirited. please let's have someone who sees all as Americans and recognizes crime when it's needed

    May 3, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Nominate Sarah Palin!!! The congressional question and answer hearings would be funnier than anything on TV now. OMG...it would be a real life demonstration of how our education and political system has failed. Remember she is supposedly qualified to be president. LOL

    May 3, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. Simmy

    TWIMC: I hope she gets it just because you don't like her....

    May 3, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. jared

    the hispanic caucas is asking the president to get a hispanic in the place of souter. and i say well just look at what the FAA chairman done to the prez by taking air force two w/o anybody knowing while were at a time of war , and pandemics are breaking out. and if had of happen where the vice prez had to leave asap hell the plane was stolen. i always believed that them are some of the most two-faced people on the planet. be careful who you pick for justice. i hope he's not like LOUIS CALABERA................ who i think should still be fired.

    May 3, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. Partisan idiot

    The Peter Principle strikes again...

    May 3, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. Tom

    I'm a moderate Republican and believe Hillary Clinton should get the nomination.

    May 3, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Bud Burgoon-Clark

    It should be a Native American, African-American, Hispanic, or Asian WOMAN ... preferably an open lesbian. The High Court does NOT reflect the diversity of American society.

    May 3, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. susie

    Hopefully this diverse appointee will be able to spell better than gl from Pittsburg.

    For all you that want to continue to live in the past...you continue to say that rightwingers are the hate spewing members...when the reality is most of us are too busy working to find time to bash anyone. It really is the far left idiots that have time to spew out the hate bashing of the GOP...because there probably on welfare and don't work...they waiting for their check in mail.

    May 3, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Tam

    Napolitano has to accept and acknowledge that NO TERRORISTS entered the US via Canada. Stop this misinformation. And even if a suspect were to be entering via Canada, ain't there the AMERICAN border guard to permit him/her entry into the US?! For Pete's sake. But it did not happen. Your 9/11 terrorists came into the US NOT FROM CANADA. And the AMERICAN AUTHORITIES LET THEM IN.

    To be on the Supreme Court, she should know her facts. All of them.

    May 3, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. Gary

    Janet doesn't appear competent at her current job. As a previous Democratic Governor, I don't think that Obama will want someone with such a political background and limited judicial experience. I think that Obama will look for a left of center woman, african american or hispanic with experience on the Bench and/or academia. If he is looking for a minority candidate I would encourage him to also look around for qualified asian or indian american candidates. Sometimes I think we define "diversity" too narrowly in terms of black and white only.

    May 3, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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