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DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano knows the first rule of getting yourself more Supreme Court buzz: Do not talk about your Supreme Court buzz.

By Mike Madden
Published May 19, 2009 2:30PM (EDT)

About a week before the White House announces President Obama's pick to replace retiring Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court, word is that Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano -- a former Arizona governor, attorney general and U.S. attorney -- is on the list of possible nominees.

Napolitano may not have been in Washington long, but she already seems to know that the quickest way to doom her chances would be to encourage the speculation. At a breakfast this morning sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, a reporter tried to draw her out on the subject.

Question: I've got two questions; the first one is really easy. What's it like to be on the short list?

Answer: Man, these are really good eggs.

Mike Madden

Mike Madden is Salon's Washington correspondent. A complete listing of his articles is here. Follow him on Twitter here.

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