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

    Judge Judy!

    September 6, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. just saying

    joe biden just proved how dangerous he would be in the white house. you have been warned america. keep putting leftists in the white house and you can kiss your country and your freedom good bye.

    September 6, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. VillageViking

    This is the democrat's way, you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours. It is a one way ticket to corruption and disaster! Beware UC system, your financial problems are only just beginning.

    September 6, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. smitaroo

    I agree with Walter – a Seton Hall graduate – we don't need another moronic liberal on the court

    September 6, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. The Patriot

    Remember: Elections have consequences!

    September 6, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Bob Forsberg, Southern California

    Further proof, 65 as mandatory retirement in Government.

    September 6, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Todd P.

    If Supreme Court is "code" for Federal prison, then simple Joe might be right.....

    September 6, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Carl

    Yes, Janet Napolitano. The Supreme Court would then join the Presidency and Congress and thereby officially make every branch of government a complete and tragic joke. We are a nation led by complete morons. It is time for renewal.

    September 6, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. Chuhyona

    The Transformation of America continues.

    September 6, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. CashMcCall

    The Plagiarist has spoken... well somebody has spoken. Hitler never grasp the potential power of butch appointments.

    September 6, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Krusatyr

    Biden fires off both corks, one out each of his yaps, forgets the jaakass in the WH intends a sharia islamist as next pick.

    September 6, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. CNN The Masters of Spin

    Wow! We need that about like we need a severe case of diareah

    September 6, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. Frank Castle

    Ruth Bader Ginsberg, I don't like your decisions but hang in there until 2017 when hopefully a non Dem becomes president. Big Sis on Scotus.....the disaster!

    September 6, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Richard Bickleberry

    I think she would make a great SC Justice or US Attorney General. But an even better choice would be Bono or Kathy Griffin. USA USA USA USA!

    September 6, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. Charles

    "next gig as president of the University of California"
    President? I thought she was going to be a starting middle linebacker ...

    September 6, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Guest

    So Joe Biden believes that the US Supreme Court is the place to put far left incompetent idiots like Napolitano??? So much for finding the best and the brightest for the job. Maybe we can throw Eric Holder on there for good measure! Let's put the pedal tot he metal and destroy the country fast.

    September 6, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    just asking

    so it is the democrats and joe bidens intent to stack the supreme court with leftist political hacks with no judicial experience.
    --------------
    Clarence Thomas had no judicial experience when he appointed. Must be why he's so quiet and follows Alito's lead.
    Antonin Scalia spent a mighty four years as a judge in the District of Columbia before he was apponited.

    The right wing of the court has its' own share of inexperienced nominees who came to the court with no court experience.

    September 6, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. Simon

    Anyone who thinks this butch Nazi would be good for the SCOTUS needs their head examined. Biden just wants Elena Kagan to have a girlfriend.

    September 6, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. TGD

    If Biden thinks she'd be good then I am very afraid.

    September 6, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. Rodgerdp

    Joe has never been known for his smarts...

    September 6, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. Eye Roll

    Once again Biden acting like the drunk uncle everyone tries to ignore at Thanksgiving, spewing out verbal diarrhea to anyone within earshot.

    September 6, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. Ned Lofton

    The true depth of Biden's ignorance can never be fully plumbed.

    September 6, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. Thumpboom

    Biden, you should nominate Big Sis just so you can make a fool out of yourself – - – AGAIN

    September 6, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. Haywood Jablomi

    Oh no! Who let crazy Uncle Joe out of the attic again? I wonder if he brought his shotgun with him.

    September 6, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. obozo_the_gelded_clown

    Perhaps she'd be better suited for SCROTUS????? She definitely is a PAT.....

    September 6, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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