Biden wants Napolitano on Supreme Court
September 6th, 2013
12:30 PM ET
1 year 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.


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soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. Chris R.

    Biden is an idiot! Since he wants her on the SC, we then should NOT want her on it. She is not qualified and this idea in theory, is not legal. There is a thing called – Separation of Powers. You do not keep the same people in a system and rotate them around when their time in one is completed. When they are done, it is time to leave so another can come in. This keeps corruption down, brings in new ideas and new energy. I am glad Big Sis is gone, please – STAY GONE!

    September 6, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    It's official – Biden has officially fallen off the turnip wagon.
    --------------------
    I suppose that it is a good thing that I can read that and proudly say, "Huh?" Seriously, I don't get it, or at least find it funny. I tell you all of the time that the right just doesn't understand humor. But, I'm gonna give a big Herman Munster "ho, ho, ho" anyway.

    September 6, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. pixxa

    Just when you think it couldn't get any worse.

    September 6, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Drew

    Old Walleyes gives me the creeps!

    September 6, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    I agree with him, if only because two women with that particular haircut on the SCOTUS would send the Teatrolls into convulsions.

    Other than that, meh, he was just finding a nice way to pay her a compliment.

    September 6, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Leon

    Is Biden Crazy. That woman single handily destroyed our freedoms and also is continuing to destroy America. I voted for Obama and I got to say that was the worst decision I ever made. Did you know in China you can by beer all night and at any time. You can also drink on the street. Why is it that China seems to becoming more free and us in the US less. Sounds like Obama democrats and republicans are in it to make us all slaves.

    September 6, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Corpseman57

    I see nothing wrong with Janet on SCOTUS. She understands and respects the freedoms and rights of American citizens.

    September 6, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. JNH

    Horrible thought – another incompetent on the court.

    September 6, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Pam

    By the Grace of God that will never happen.

    September 6, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. cd

    Oh would you like to a trip with me while I am slowly loosening my mind Honey.

    September 6, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. Bill

    Napolitano is too far to the left.

    September 6, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Kathleen3

    Napolitano should be serving time in a federal prison, charged with gross and willful dereliction of duty, violation of oath of office, abuse of power, and obstruction of justice.

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

    Count on Joseph Robinette Biden's fine judgment:

    "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man." ~ Biden on Obama

    September 6, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. Jim

    Really. He is so silly. Does anyone take him seriously?

    September 6, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. p. holman

    She left her last job and now wants another one? typical liberal lefty, HEY finish what you started.

    September 6, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Macranthunter

    I believe there are literacy requirements for the appointment.

    September 6, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Bogus Brawn

    Big Sis doesn't use email because she's afraid of accountability. Most corrupt administration ever! Makes Barry Soetoro look like an a US Citizen.

    September 6, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. Michael Penson

    Not qualified, but that is what one get when dealing with the progessives.

    September 6, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. DARNELL

    Bye Bye America.

    September 6, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. Got Ur 6

    and Susan Rice should be the White House Spokesperson... Both ideas make "perfect" sense – to Biden that is...

    September 6, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. Garys opinion

    God help us!

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

    After her horrid mismanagement of DHS, flagrant violation of and orders against the laws of this country, not to mention essentially working against us? Are you kidding me?

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

    Whatever Joe says, always best to do the exact opposite.

    September 6, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. Dennis

    recent Supreme Court members are a joke.
    One is a radical activist.
    Janet has no capacity for rationality, sames as Joe.

    September 6, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. jnnrd54surroundedbylibs

    Wow, now that is a creaming endorsement! NOT

    September 6, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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