Biden wants Napolitano on Supreme Court
September 6th, 2013
12:30 PM ET
11 months 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. Bella

    The American people will see both of you in Hell first.

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

    First off, Crazy Uncle Joe is just that – crazy. Secondly, Obama has already put two lesbians on the court – why not complete the trifecta with Napolitano. Heck, she's no where near qualified – but when has that ever stopped a Democrat?

    September 6, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Wake up People!

    Roger Rabbit would be an improvement over Clarence Thomas......Too bad he's not leaving. Freak.

    September 6, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. Roger

    You think people are opposed to action in Syria, wait till Big Sis is recommended for the Supreme Court.

    September 6, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. catswold

    God forbid!

    September 6, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. gordonwagner

    I think she ought to take a job as a girl's junior high school PE coach somewhere. She seems suited to that kind of work.

    September 6, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Grump the conservative

    Is Kagen lonely? Just what we need two of them on the court. Disgusting thought.

    September 6, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. shaw

    That's laughable.

    September 6, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. gordonwagner

    Janet ought to find work as girl's junior high school PE coach somewhere. She seems well-suited to that kind of job.

    September 6, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. thearmourofgod

    God have mercy on this nation.

    September 6, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. joe schmoe

    Holy Crap.. what the heck has this happened in this country...

    September 6, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. SAS

    This is a joke! Career wise, this lady for the most part has been a politician for most of her adult life! Ms. Nipalatano is an ideideologue and this country needs another one of those like a whole in the head!

    September 6, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. The Last Puppet Show

    I hope all these same old heads that do such a wonderful job can somehow find a way to download themselves before they die. May they rule forever... /s

    September 6, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Jay

    I shudder at the thought. There's no way a boss of the modern-day NKVD should be in that position. It makes sense for him and the rest of the administration to feel that way though. No surprise here.

    September 6, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. Paul Mason

    Here is the crux of the problem with Obama and Napolitano:

    Obama is snide about Christianity, leading to young Blacks deciding there is no "Right or Wrong", just fun ripping off disabled and seniors. Napolitano is loyal to Obama, who brought her from obscurity, so she apparently decides that "working Whites" are the biggest threat to America (AKA Obama) - hence buying more hand-weapons for Homeland Security than for the US Military. Neither Obama nor Napolitano trust the Military, with good reason, as most of the Military are loyal to the American People rather than to Obama.

    This is a sad situation, and I wish the facts were different.

    September 6, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Charles

    Wow! And here I thought that I couldn't be surprised any more by the insanity of this administration.
    JB must have placed a long shot bet with the boys in Vegas that half the states would secede before the next elections.

    September 6, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. Abnormal One

    We already have enough people there not doing their job and failing. Why we need another?

    September 6, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. monica mimier

    Watch out,Ginsburg...you may 'accidently have a Fall!..'.Ice' unexpectantly just outside your door in the morning.....

    September 6, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. monica mimier

    After her, maybe Cass Sunstein....

    September 6, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. JonInVa

    Good lord – the man is insane.

    September 6, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. beenaroundyaknow

    And her credentials are what? Oh, being a good liberal and an unaccomplished lawyer. Biden again proves he's a shallow partisan putz..

    September 6, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. asdf

    aren't there enough lesbians on the Supreme Court already?

    September 6, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. Nys Parkie

    New hang out for the ...???? same kind of gal?

    September 6, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Chip Onshoulder

    She's a political hack and has no business serving on The Court. And that's beside the fact, she's not intellectually on the same planet as those sitting there or those who should be sitting there.

    September 6, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. caniacsteve

    if that happens and she were to be confirmed..I'm gonna immigrate to Canada and life with 12% inflation rate as my US dollar is worth less than a Canadian one

    September 6, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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