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.


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

    Welcome to Crazy Land...where CRAZY people make CRAZY decisions about CRAZY things. What happened to America? What happened to common sense?

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

    Does the Democrat Party have anyone with any brains; or are they all idiots?

    September 6, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. gee wiz

    wow the USA is circling the drain these days

    September 6, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Mac

    Interesting sound bit Joe. But, Incompetano will not be on the court. She's just not qualified.

    September 6, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. arj190

    Right there should be reason enough for "Crazy Uncle Joe" to NEVER be elected President!

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

    Rudy – that was intended to be humorous, right? Bork was a legal genius. Please don;t compare this towering god of immense intellect with the stenched naval lint from a decomposed orangutang which is Big Sis...

    September 6, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. LibSick

    She is incompetent but who cares? She is a lesbian and a true socialist!

    September 6, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. arj190

    Reason enough right there to never elect him President....

    September 6, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. globeflyer

    I almost threw up in my mouth, then I remembered it was "Xerox" Biden doing the talking.

    September 6, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Craig

    I think she is qualified and experienced, but diversity should be more than gender based. Napolitano would make 3 childless women in a row. Women with children have far different lives than women without, need some different perspectives on the court.

    September 6, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. sxweiss

    Joe Biden is a complete idiot and this comment is just another instance of the fact that when he was tapped for the least useful job in American government Delaware lost its state idiot.

    September 6, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. mikecnj

    we already have enough men on the court

    September 6, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. aj

    we need to bomb dc to get rid of all the crazies at once.

    September 6, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. lessthantolerant

    OMG this proves Biden is crazy. Another useless leftist on the supreme court?

    September 6, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Steven Newsom

    He is insane!!!!

    September 6, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. lessthantolerant

    OMG! Another leftist for supreme court? This proves Joe "Plugs" Biden is crazy.

    September 6, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. Duude

    What I love about Biden is he throws caution to wind before opening his mouth. Its quite entertaining. As for any potential 2016 campaign? LOL! I really hope he runs.

    September 6, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. JBar595

    Great, nothing would get in front of the court, all the female justices would be to busy munching carpet.

    September 6, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. Getoverit

    We're ALL glad that it's not you're decision, Joe.

    September 6, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Andy

    With Joe as president and Holder as vice-president , she (?) is a lock !

    September 6, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. Steve

    Isn't this fun???..."raucous applause"...Help us Lord.

    September 6, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Brian

    Tic tac toe, three heinously ugly women in a row.

    September 6, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    -Anonymous

    Rudy – that was intended to be humorous, right? Bork was a legal genius. Please don;t compare this towering god of immense intellect with the stenched naval lint from a decomposed orangutang which is Big Sis...
    ***********
    Bork, a towering god of immense intellect? This is a man who consistently favored the rights of the government and corporations over individuals during his time as a Circuit Court judge. EVERY decision that involved an individual vs the government or the individual vs a corporation, he voted AGAINST the individual, and he also favored corporations over the government in every case he voted on. A towering god of immense contempt towards the individual would be more accurate.

    September 6, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. learpilot

    If Biden runs and is elected it is over folks. Same holds true for Clinton. Better look for another place to live because after 3 more years of Obozo either of the above will finish the complete destruction of the USA

    September 6, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. Brian

    The court jester speaks again. Is he seriously considering a run for the WH? May as well just appoint some dried up puke from the sidewalk.

    September 6, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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