Biden wants Napolitano on Supreme Court
September 6th, 2013
12:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Biden wants Napolitano on Supreme Court

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden made it clear Friday how he feels about departing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

"I think Janet Napolitano should be on the Supreme Court of the United States," he said Friday morning at her going away ceremony.

His statement was met with raucous applause by those attending, including current and former cabinet secretaries, law enforcement officials, and Attorney General Eric Holder.

Napolitano announced in June she would leave her current position this month. She's now preparing to start her next gig as president of the University of California system.

As President Barack Obama was choosing Supreme Court nominees in 2009 and 2010, Napolitano's name was floated as a potential contender to replace retiring Justice David Souter and Justice John Paul Stevens. He ultimately tapped Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, respectively, for the nominations.

Napolitano, 55, has a law degree but has never been a judge. A former Democratic governor of Arizona, Napolitano was also a onetime U.S. attorney and state attorney general.

While in private practice, she was a lawyer for Anita Hill when she testified in the 1991 Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings for the high court.

During her tenure as homeland security secretary, she was criticized strongly for her department's initial response - and her public statements - to the Christmas 2009 attempted terror bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 80, is the current court member most frequently mentioned as the next to step down, but she has voiced her intention to stay on as long as possible.

Filed under: Janet Napolitano • Joe Biden
soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    It's official – Biden has officially fallen off the turnip wagon.

    September 6, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. Thomas

    He says how he feels .

    September 6, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. RIchard Long

    No experience as a Judge...
    End of discussion.

    September 6, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    "You are kaliedoscoping into a new configuration on the House vote, Fair. I'm hope the shock of the Republican voting against your prediction doesn't wear off too soon. Hopefully, the shock will serve to enlighten you as to how little that they actually care about what is best for the nation. Their only concern is what is best for the Republican Party, specifically cash donations."
    You sound as if you know what the vote count is going to be, and how it will break down by party line. Congratulations. I don't. I opine (strongly) that I think the house will pass it. I think the vast majority of the dems will stand with Obama and I think that enough Republicans will join. There is no way that the dems are going to leave Obama near-fatally weakened by losing this vote... there's a lot of important stuff coming up (debt ceiling, immigration reform) that a politically weakened Obama will be of little help to them.

    September 6, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. hahahahahaha

    This is great. I haven't had a good laugh in a few hours.

    September 6, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |

    Who better to enforce the law than the woman who BROKE the law constantly? Makes perfect liberal sense!

    September 6, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Soy Yo

    and I want a million dollars.

    September 6, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. just saying

    well that seals the deal. crazy joe is officially off his rocker. this woman was and remains one of the most incompetent buffoons in the obama administration. can you even begin to fathom the amount of damage she could do to this country if she was on the supreme court?! biden just shot himself in the foot with that nutty statement.

    September 6, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Jason

    No experience as a judge, but he wants her on the SCOTUS? He's lost his mind, he just wants a whack nut commie on the court to uphold his communist ideals. What a joke. I

    September 6, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. alpha2omega47

    Isn't corruption and collusion beautiful? These two look like they're in love.

    September 6, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. Barry Soetoro Blows Reggie Love

    Only a libtard like Joey the Clown would want a liberal fascist on the SCOTUS.

    Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, the Obama Regime has got to go!

    September 6, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Terry Lee

    Makes you wonder why the insane are running this country....

    September 6, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. Triaxis

    Wow.. what an incredibly bad idea. Hasn't the SCOTUS got enough anti-American tyrants on it now?

    September 6, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. Donna

    Her incompetence is only surpassed by Eric Holder and Barack Obama. Sorry, but the last thing this country needs is an incompetent leftist on the Supreme Court.

    September 6, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Dave

    Says the man who's had multiple brain procedures......

    September 6, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. lda

    Yes, we should put a 3rd L on the Supreme Court so that those Tea Party and right wing extremists get punished beyond what the IRS can dish out. We don't need more incompetent dullards in the SC.

    September 6, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. Scotty

    OMG that would be the worse thing to do. She could not even make good decisions on Homeland Security.

    September 6, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Jimmy

    Says the clown....

    September 6, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. Davidk Parker

    Ah, hell no. Stop the insanity.

    September 6, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. anonymous

    Incompetence is ALWAYS rewarded with a promotion when it comes to our government. It is why we are where we are.

    September 6, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Howard

    Does this woman even have a high school education, did she graduate from grade school.

    September 6, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. VinnyD

    You have got to be kidding me. I've never seen a better example of failing up and rewarding incompetence. She must be the best brown-noser in the world.

    September 6, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. tdrag

    This has been in the works for a while. Ruth Bader Ginsburg will soon announce her retirement and Big Sis will be nominated. Of course, Lindsay Graham will wet himself, swoon, and announce his undying love for Janet. Thus America will have a Lesbian Triumvirate on the SCOTUS for the next 30 years

    September 6, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. to Fair is Fair

    That has been official. Was is worse Biden or O at the helm?

    September 6, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Jakesprogress

    I guess only lesbians are acceptable on the Supreme Court.

    September 6, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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