Report: Secretary Napolitano mulling a 2016 run?

posted at 6:21 pm on February 4, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Hillary Clinton’s answers on her future plans and potential presidential ambitions may be evolving, but even if she decides not to run, the Democrats may be looking for a lady to possibly lead the party, the better to keep the dynamism rolling and keep up this war-on-women meme of which they’re so fond. Other than Clinton and Biden, of course, Democrats have been expressing worries that their post-Obama bench might be looking a little thin in that area; ergo, enter… er… Janet Napolitano?

The Washington Post reports that the current Secretary of Homeland Security is actively keeping a weather eye on her options for a 2016 bid, should the obvious contenders bow out of the race:

Napolitano is quietly making it known that she is considering the race, and there is reason to take her seriously. …

While [governor] in Arizona, she was criticized for not being aggressive enough in dealing with the influx of illegal immigrants. But her more recent job gives her an opportunity to change that image. This week, for instance, finds her on a high-profile tour of the southwest border, where she will highlight the stepped-up resources that the Obama administration has been devoting to reducing the flow of illegal entrants to this country. …

Her current job compounds that difficulty. The fact is, most Americans don’t hear all that much about the Homeland Security Department unless something has gone wrong.

True — her national profile is relatively pretty low, but she has already spent time as an arguably successful state executive. Could she really be looking to use the immigration debate as an opportunity to put herself at the “forefront of an issue–and a constituency” that the Democrats will surely be trying to use to their advantage come 2016? I haven’t seen that much of her wading into the debate so far, but perhaps her decision to stay in Obama’s cabinet for a second term means that she thinks it’s her best possible platform from which to promote herself, or at least keep tabs on the situation?

I know, I know — it’s all still so very far away, which is why, on the other side of the partisan coin, Gov. Bobby Jindal (considered an actively aspiring GOP candidate himself) has been making the vociferous point that the GOP needs to take this time to start making a better case for their ideas over their particular candidates:

“Anybody on the Republican side even thinking or talking about running for president in 2016, I’ve said, needs to get their head examined,” Jindal told “Fox and Friends.” “And the reason I say that is, we’ve lost two presidential elections in a row, we need to be winning the debate of ideas, then we’ll win elections.” …

“We’re not winning the conversation, we’re not presenting our ideas, we’re not in that debate as well as we should be,” Jindal said. …

“The country doesn’t need four years of non-stop presidential — we just inaugurated a new term of this president’s second term,” Jindal said.


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“The system worked!” – Janet Napolitano

The “system” was a Dutch filmmaker.

Resist We Much on February 4, 2013 at 6:24 PM

I’d like to make some kind of First Lady joke here, but I can’t come up with a formulation that’s not offensive.

KingGold on February 4, 2013 at 6:25 PM

You can’t be serious.

rrpjr on February 4, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Well, we’ve had a gay president, why not a transgendered one?

wildcat72 on February 4, 2013 at 6:26 PM

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

cripe

cmsinaz on February 4, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Report: Secretary Napolitano mulling a 2016 run?

Well, she could stand to lose some weight, so I guess a run would help. She should shoot for 2013, though.

KS Rex on February 4, 2013 at 6:28 PM

J-No’s first campaign slogan:

A green card for everyone, and an illegal alien in every yard.

madmonkphotog on February 4, 2013 at 6:28 PM

To be honest, unless we end up with Eric Holder or Van Jones as the next president, I think that we are in store for a significant improvement in 2016. No matter what (i.e., whether or not the next president is Republican or Democrat).

besser tot als rot on February 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM

I’m thinking of running too since the chief requirement for the D nomination seems to be a pair of X chromosomes and a pulse. See you in Iowa Janet.

msmveritas on February 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM

I thought you had to have a personality, first?

kingsjester on February 4, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Guess ill start that diet right now, cause I just lost my appetite for dinner.

Naturally Curly on February 4, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Another guy running? When are we gonna get a woman preezy?

msupertas on February 4, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Wait… you said “lady” and Janet Napolitano in the same sentence?

Warner Todd Huston on February 4, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Awesome. Rosie from Real Housewives of New Jersey can play her in the movie.

BuzzCrutcher on February 4, 2013 at 6:34 PM

BWHAHAHA

Axe on February 4, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Just ask her why she loves her whole body scans at TSA as part of DHS… and the lovely pat downs and searches… bring in some of those who have brought charges of molestation on the part of TSA agents and find out why she hasn’t cleaned house on that.

Really, there are a ton of things to bring up about DHS like its role in Fast & Furious. Lots of problems about her time on the job, and if she is such a wilting flower that ‘sexism’ has to be brought in, then how can she handle the job of POTUS?

ajacksonian on February 4, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Where the heck did that come from?

ctmom on February 4, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Janet Napolitano: Border security better than ever

Seven Percent Solution on February 4, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Only if there is a Putin/Medvedev charade here.

tom daschle concerned on February 4, 2013 at 6:36 PM

It’s a man baby.

Seriously – the person behind the ever popular TSA molestations. That will go over well – NOT

gophergirl on February 4, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Please run Janet.

Mr. Arrogant on February 4, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Ewww … LADY PARTS … FORWARD!

Pork-Chop on February 4, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Hmmm…which Austin Powers quote here…. Shall I go with the obvious, or should I just take the low road?

Gingotts on February 4, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Why not? Why use dynamite when you can use C-4 to destroy the country?

OldEnglish on February 4, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Maybe she could drag Janet Reno out of retirement to be her running mate.

J-No/J-Ro 2016!

steebo77 on February 4, 2013 at 6:38 PM

I can’t even begin to take this seriously. It will never happen.

ButterflyDragon on February 4, 2013 at 6:39 PM

To quote Pelosi “are you serious?”, never happen, she has no base except that former U.S. Attorney Burke who ran Fast and Furious for her and Obama.

tim c on February 4, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Maybe she could drag Janet Reno out of retirement to be her running mate.

J-No/J-Ro 2016!

steebo77 on February 4, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Are you trying to tell met that those are different people?

besser tot als rot on February 4, 2013 at 6:40 PM

The perfect candidate for our new age of mediocrity.

Mark1971 on February 4, 2013 at 6:42 PM

I don’t want to hear anything about 2016, be it Republican, vegetable, or mineral.

bobs1196 on February 4, 2013 at 6:45 PM

J-No’s first campaign slogan:
A green card for everyone, and an illegal alien in every yard.
madmonkphotog on February 4, 2013 at 6:28 PM

+++++++++++++

Which is why, a Napolitano run is dust. A Rubio run is dust. A Jindal run is dust. Anyone who runs on “immigration” laxity is dust… the “hinterlands” are losing patience with bullsh!t…

fabrexe on February 4, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Big Sis!!!

Bmore on February 4, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Be still, my heart!

Another Drew on February 4, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Big Cyst doesn’t work for me.

Windsweeping on February 4, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Report: Secretary Napolitano mulling a 2016 run?

Hmmm… Let’s see:

Homely, older white female with thick ankles (Big Sis) runs against hansome, charming, newly elected black senator from blue state organized crime legacy (Cory Booker).

Gosh, I wonder how that’s gonna play out…

Bruno Strozek on February 4, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Incompetano…LOL….
keep floating the names…Biden as well….. Squirrel time !

A self-centered grifter like Shillary WILL NEVER pass up the opportunity to be the first woman potus……

What do you think her 2008 run was all about ? A woman scorned…..

Shillary will run in 2016, the Rs will send up a male candidate to the slaughter….

and voila !

Queen Hillary

FlaMurph on February 4, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Hillary Clinton’s answers on her future plans and potential presidential ambitions may be evolving, but even if she decides not to run, the Democrats may be looking for a lady to possibly lead the party, the better to keep the dynamism rolling and keep up this war-on-women meme of which they’re so fond. Other than Clinton and Biden, of course, Democrats have been expressing worries that their post-Obama bench might be looking a little thin in that area; ergo, enter… er… Janet Napolitano?

Wait. They said they may be looking for a lady to lead the party. I’m still trying to figure out who they are talking about.

RovesChins on February 4, 2013 at 6:59 PM

the Democrats may be looking for a lady to possibly lead the party, the better to keep the dynamism rolling and keep up this war-on-women meme

…I think the little Napoleon has testies under that kilt!

KOOLAID2 on February 4, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Sorry, ladies, it is Michelle’s for the asking.

Limerick on February 4, 2013 at 7:07 PM

I’d rather that she was mulling suicide for 2013.

WhatSlushfund on February 4, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Do it Janet, do it.

For the sheer entertainment value of seeing Hildebeast, SlowJoe and the Molester go at each other.

The picture of those three at a debate will cause nightmares throughout the land though.

Mayday on February 4, 2013 at 7:08 PM

I look at that picture and all I can think of is a little blond Dutch boy desperately trying to stop an imminent flooding problem for the Army Corps of Engineers.

Bulletchaser on February 4, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Distraction.

Mimzey on February 4, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Distraction.

Mimzey on February 4, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Distraction with a side helping of nausea.

PatriotGal2257 on February 4, 2013 at 7:11 PM

So..
No women from the Democratic Party have stepped up and mulled over a 2016 run..
I see.

Electrongod on February 4, 2013 at 7:13 PM

True — her national profile is relatively pretty low,

And so are her ‘accomplishments’. WHOA! Come to think of it, Barry didn’t have any either.

GarandFan on February 4, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Napolitano vs. Christie? They’ll be trying to eat each other. A whale of an election run! Lol.

tommy71 on February 4, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Dang! We still won’t get the first woman President.

redware on February 4, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Yeah, that’ll work. Go for it.

I also advise pre-announcing Pelosi as your running mate.

That’s a can’t lose winning ticket right there.

farsighted on February 4, 2013 at 7:24 PM

She’s sure to get 100% of the butch demographic.

The Rogue Tomato on February 4, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Yesssss! But then, we the Free Obama Phone electorate elected a Pres (2x) who had zip, zero, nada, experience.

Dingbat63 on February 4, 2013 at 7:24 PM

The beauty and legs of Hillary and the brains and Marxist ideology of Bam-Bam. She’s a shoe-in for the Democrats.

Fallon on February 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

She’s sure to get 100% of the butch demographic.

The Rogue Tomato on February 4, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Not to mention the Pat constituency.

StubbleSpark on February 4, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Could she perform her presidential duties while simultaneously taking the lead role in “Mall Cop 2″, because it seems like trying to film a movie while being all prezidenty would get difficult.

Bishop on February 4, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Delusional monster.
Himmlerette has to be driven out of power before she’s cloaked in secret service protection. Or this nation will REALLY be in trouble.

rayra on February 4, 2013 at 7:34 PM

“The system worked!” – Janet Napolitano

The “system” was a Dutch filmmaker.

Resist We Much on February 4, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Iowahawk quality in the pole position. Well played.

wolfsDad on February 4, 2013 at 7:35 PM

“The system worked!” – Janet Napolitano

The “system” was a Dutch filmmaker.

Resist We Much on February 4, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Who, I believe, is still in prison while Hil is lounging at Chappaquaw…

Khun Joe on February 4, 2013 at 7:36 PM

So now instead of everyone against the democrat candidate being labeled racist they will be labeled homophobic.

The Notorious G.O.P on February 4, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Could be the lawsuit has legs

Debbie Schlussel scooped the story, 08-12-12, which is being given zero coverage by the press.

Maybe the lawsuit is going somewhere.

Whether or not one thinks Napolitano is lesbian, the alleged mistreatment of males in her agency is creepy:

In the suit Hayes also accused Napolitano’s chief of staff at ICE, Suzanne Barr, of repeated ‘sexually offensive behaviour’ intended to ‘humiliate and intimidate male employees’.

On one occasion, Barr called a colleague in his hotel room and screamed using sexually explicit language, telling him she ‘wanted his c*** in the back of [her] throat’.

Hayes claims he ‘felt that he was being targeted because of his gender’ and witnessed Barr repeatedly picking on men.

She ‘created a frat-house type atmosphere that is targeted to humiliate and intimidate male employees’, according to court papers.

In 2009 she ‘removed the entire contents of the offices of three male employees, including nameplates, computers and telephones, to the men’s bathroom at ICE headquarters’.

entagor on February 4, 2013 at 7:41 PM

So now instead of everyone against the democrat candidate being labeled racist they will be labeled homophobic.

The Notorious G.O.P on February 4, 2013 at 7:39 PM

And/or misogynistic. Pick’em.

farsighted on February 4, 2013 at 7:41 PM

LOL but we did just re-elect Emperor Barky so I can certainly see Pres. Big Sis.

CorporatePiggy on February 4, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Great news…..Big Sus will have access directly to all data (without wire taps, or going through carriers).

http://mashable.com/2013/02/04/public-wifi-networks/

GO SIS!

PappyD61 on February 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Her only problem would be the “Gender-ers” who would demand a DNA test to prove she is in fact a female.

CorporatePiggy on February 4, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Who, I believe, is still in prison while Hil is lounging at Chappaquaw…

Khun Joe on February 4, 2013 at 7:36 PM

The reference is to the underwear bomber.

wolfsDad on February 4, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Her only problem would be the “Gender-ers” who would demand a DNA test to prove she is in fact a female.

CorporatePiggy on February 4, 2013 at 7:45 PM

I’m still waiting on the DNA tests to prove Obama is a male.

The Notorious G.O.P on February 4, 2013 at 7:47 PM

cmsinaz on February 4, 2013 at 6:27 PM

That is well stated.

chemman on February 4, 2013 at 7:50 PM

I’m still waiting on the DNA tests to prove Obama is a male.

The Notorious G.O.P on February 4, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Along with all the rest of it.

The problem is he’s such a prolific liar we don’t really know anything about him aside from the fact that he’s a hardcore socialist and quite psychotic – and we only know that through observation.

CorporatePiggy on February 4, 2013 at 7:53 PM

…….and that gov provided Superduper WIFI will be “Frrrrrrrrrreeeeee”!

And the gov will have a clearer kill switch on all electronics.

Hello Chinese Internet model in the USA.

http://mashable.com/2013/02/04/public-wifi-networks/

GOOOOOOOO Big Sis!

PappyD61 on February 4, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Napolitano running for the Dems is one of the ONLY things that could force me to vote for WHOEVER the GOP nominates…even Rubio.

thatsafactjack on February 4, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Anyone who has been any part of this LOSER’S administration should be permanently banned from EVER holding any form of government office again!

easyt65 on February 4, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Napolitano running for the Dems is one of the ONLY things that could force me to vote for WHOEVER the GOP nominates…even Rubio.

thatsafactjack on February 4, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Why? she is a good liberal…you should love her.

The Notorious G.O.P on February 4, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Can we stop pussy footin’ around?

The only reason Jan baby would want to be Prez is so that she could bring her “Lesbian Cabal” to the rest of America and not be limited, as is the case now, merely to the DHS.

Okay, back to watching Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives; errr, Dikes. lol

GreatCommunicator on February 4, 2013 at 8:34 PM

YIKES!!!

American Dream 246 on February 4, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Why not? She has done such a fine job at the Department of Homeland Stupidity.

VorDaj on February 4, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Can’t believe my most recent post is being “moderated”.

C’mon Michelle – the “L” word is entirely appropriate for Big Sis, and YOU KNOW IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GreatCommunicator on February 4, 2013 at 8:40 PM

OMG. Please let her(him) run.
I need some amusement after the 2012 contest.
I just can’t take any of this seriously. Our government has become a very sick joke.

ORconservative on February 4, 2013 at 8:52 PM

She’d clutch her pearls……
If she had any .

Lucano on February 4, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Janet Incompetano 2016 !

I love it.

petefrt on February 4, 2013 at 9:12 PM

HilLIARy versus Big Sis…the political equivalent of a Lesbian Bar Fight…

glcinpdx on February 4, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Biden, Shillary and Nappy—the Dems really are without a bench, aren’t they…

hillsoftx on February 4, 2013 at 9:16 PM

The Notorious G.O.P on February 4, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Got a problem, Sunshine?

thatsafactjack on February 4, 2013 at 9:26 PM

C’mon Michelle – the “L” word is entirely appropriate for Big Sis, and YOU KNOW IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GreatCommunicator on February 4, 2013 at 8:40 PM

No. We can’t allow ourselves to participate in crap like that. It’s been thoroughly disproven anyway. Entirely untrue

The “L” word should never be used in reference to Janet Napolitano, here or elsewhere. By no means is that dude even remotely “lovely.”

Gingotts on February 4, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Gingotts on February 4, 2013 at 9:27 PM

LOL! Good one. Made me laugh! :)

thatsafactjack on February 4, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Got a problem, Sunshine?

thatsafactjack on February 4, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Not according to your mother.

The Notorious G.O.P on February 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Only Maxine Waters is needed any more.

From the left, to the right, the land is Fluked.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2013 at 10:30 PM

The Notorious G.O.P on February 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM

You must be schnapsed.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Who’s the real man in that picture?

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2013 at 10:50 PM

I’ll back her, 364 days a year.

HHW on February 4, 2013 at 11:57 PM

I knew this year has been going by quickly but is it April 1st already?

HellCat on February 5, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Cummins…..

…..levee

1921 C DRUM on February 5, 2013 at 1:49 AM

The kind of power transfer that only the USSR used to be able to accomplish. In the same league as Stalin for Khrushchev.

acyl72 on February 5, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Because what America really needs is a gay sex cabal in the White House.

Buy Danish on February 5, 2013 at 8:04 AM

I read this post yesterday.
I’m still laughing cringing laughing cringing laughing.

Nothing surprises me.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Barky were to announce he’s commissioned an exploratory committee.

freedomfirst on February 5, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Subaru’s will be the standard vehicles for all government agencies.

Mr. Arrogant on February 5, 2013 at 8:35 AM

To be fair, we’ve never had an incompetent, butch, lesbo, female (technically) president before, so clearly it’s Nappy’s “turn.”

On the plus side, this will mean that the entire federal government is run like a lesbo fraternity house, and not just DHS.

AZCoyote on February 5, 2013 at 9:11 AM

What she lacks in charisma she makes up for with cuddly sweetness.

Akzed on February 5, 2013 at 9:17 AM

http://mashable.com/2013/02/04/public-wifi-networks/
GOOOOOOOO Big Sis! PappyD61 on February 4, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Aw, they’re always thinking of us…!

Akzed on February 5, 2013 at 9:20 AM

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