Biden wants Napolitano on Supreme Court
September 6th, 2013
12:30 PM ET
9 years 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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  1. Trevor Bryant of Flagstaff, AZ

    Big Sis, my former governor, did not enforce laws while she had jurisdiction to do so, she aided and abetted illegals staying in the USA, she was a HORRIBLE governor, who people remember kindly, because the previous 6 governors (6!) were indicted for one charge or another before her. A monkey with a pencil in it's hand would have been better than them. She is a closet lesbian, which is why they are pushing for this, to make "yet another" milestone in nominations (Kagan, first latina, obama, first black president, etc). She has been a loser at every position she has ever held, including Anita Hill. She doesn't even remotely have the legal chops to claim a position on the nations highest court. She would be a political appointment, undeserving of the authority. She is a liberal, through and through, a party loyalist, which is why Biden is touting her. I am a liberal too, but she is WRONG for the position. This country is supposed to be a meritocracy. She does not merit ANY of her acolades.

    September 6, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. W is LOL

    Yes another member of the Obama "circus" administration only put her on the court if she can make animals from balloons!

    September 6, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. allen clark

    Of all the stupid things that Biden has said, this one by far out does them all combined. This is the woman that has no clue as to what she is doing and has never had an original thought of her own. She is absolutely under qualified for just about everything and if she go into the supreme court would not make a decision without obama telling her what to do.

    September 6, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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