It was a discussion between NBC’s Chuck Todd and radio host Laura Ingraham about which cabinet members would likely leave next. Napolitano was on the list, but not for the reasons you and I might think. Here’s the transcript:
TODD: The other one I would bet on is Janet Napolitano –
INGRAHAM (with sarcasm): She’s been effective.
TODD: And not a negative. On a – at the next Supreme Court opening, I betcha she gets the call.
INGRAHAM: (Pause, then a low voice) Oh wait a sec. I just lost my breath. What did you say?
TODD: Sorry. I know. Sorry. I’m just sayin’ –
INGRAHAM: Janet Napolitano?
TODD: You asked me to bet. You asked me to bet. I would say this. She’ll get the next opening.
INGRAHAM (amazed): Why?
TODD: Personally, he likes her probably more than any other cabinet secretary outside of [Robert] Gates on a personal comfort zone. She almost got it the last time. I think, you know, he’s determined to put somebody who’s actually run for elective office on the Supreme Court. You know, we’re in the first Supreme Court, I think in a hundred years, that hasn’t had somebody with elective office experience at any point in time. He’s talked about wanting that as a criteria….He’s a big fan of hers.
Now, this happened on December 14, not in the days since Commandante Napolitano embarrassed herself over the past weekend. Still, it’s not like her incompetence is a new thing. Sheesh. Good grief — Janet Napolitano on the bench of the United States Supreme Court would make Sonia Sotomayor look like Learned Hand.