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. ImRealistic

    Yes, Yes ..... He has made such great character judgements in the past ( ie, Imposter in Chief ) Why don't he support Pelosi or Sheila Jackson Lee or Madonna ???? It would make just as much sense !!! Who cares what a SENILE OLD MAN SAYS !!!

    September 6, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. SGT Chemistry

    Why do we need TWO lesbians on SCOTUS? Is this some sort of gay affirmative action thing?

    September 6, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Italmn

    What a great Choice ! And she deserves it. She would be a perfact SCOTUS..........I'm in !

    September 6, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. TTNYC

    Of all the dumb things Biden has said, and he has said some dumb things – this has got to take the cake. This woman is so politically obvious that any thought she could sit in any court and be fair is laughable. Of course Obama considered her! He doesn't know what he's doing! Sometimes I think Biden does know what he's doing but on this one he's way, way off. Just for this he wouldn't get my vote.

    September 6, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. D Huenger

    If that doesn't scare the hell out of you nothing will. It brings me back to my initial convictions there is far to much power in the Supreme Court, it has unsurped powers that never belonged to it. Mr M Lavins book is a must read.

    September 6, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. Ramstackle

    That would be the last straw for me. This country is crumbling fast enough.

    September 6, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Robert

    Too many clam bumpers on the court already. Let her be the grand marshal of the Lilith Fair

    September 6, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Chris

    Parachute Janet between the Al-Qaeda dominated Syrian rebel forces & Assad's forces. That'll make both sides hastily retreat & stop killing each other!!!

    September 6, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Herman Munster

    The only person more qualified is Karen Lewis the Chicago Teachers Union President. Well known for her moderate political views.

    September 6, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. Jim

    Just more proof that Joe is impeachment insurance.

    September 6, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    While VP Biden's remark are in no way on par with an an official nomination to the SCOTUS, I read the negative remarks and I am reminded of what had to be the absolute worst Supreme Court nominee over the last century, if not for all time. That would be the nomination of Watergate-tainted Robert Bork to the bench by Ronald Reagan.

    September 6, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Haha...Biden playing the Teatrolls like a fiddle....

    Psssssst: He was just paying her a nice compliment...she's never making a "short list" under Obama or his successor, President Clinton.

    September 6, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Walter Theodore Furnbaum

    If he were talking about Judge Andrew Napolitano, I would agree.

    September 6, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Cuffs

    Absolutely, positively perfect. She is the quintessential political hack, just like Biden.
    "The Mexican border is as safe as ever." Is that delusional enough for you?
    She perfect for the court–a warm body that will go along with anything
    Obama wants. She and Sotomayor can share a dictionary and try to
    stay awake.

    September 6, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. Karl

    I It seems being qualified to be on the Supreme Court these days meanings being a Lesbian?

    September 6, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. Jim

    Biden was very much serious about the statement. And the nation needs to line up to stop such a potentially destructive event as Big Sis who thinks it's OK to spy on Americans IN THE US without ANY warrants. This lady thinks the government is GOD and she's intent on being part of her god.

    September 6, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Thomas Paine

    I thought only wise Latinas were suitable to be on the SCOTUS?

    September 6, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. dickn52

    Well, I want snowstorms in Florida, but neither of us has a chance at getting what we want.

    September 6, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Peggy Martinez

    Remarks like this by Joe Biden are "Exhibit A" as to why obama chose him for the V.P. spot - obama knows that Joe Biden is the best ANTI-IMPEACHMENT "INSURANCE" that he (obama) could ever have!!!!!!

    September 6, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. Usedtobe

    Hey Joe, there goes your presidential nomination in 2016! I'm not a liberal in any political way and I can only thank God for that, but your Sir, have surely lost your mind. You should be made to sleep with "BIG SIS" for the next two years and then we'll se which court you think she should be on – or in.

    September 6, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. smitaroo

    Just what this country needs is another moron liberal on the Supreme court
    I'm with Walter – a great guy from Seton Hall should be sitting on the Supreme Court

    September 6, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. Mark W

    Which of the conservative justices will they kill to put her on?

    September 6, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. The Patriot

    Remember, elections have consequences!

    September 6, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. U2UMark Davis

    I think she would be a good choice.

    September 6, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    One good way to distract America's attention from Obama's un-phony scandals is for Biden to open his mouth.

    BTW, Joe, where is the $6.4 Billion you, as head of the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP), disbursed to 440 non-existent congressional districts?

    September 6, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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