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    from a Bush presidency:

    "This is terrible," she said, as the announcement came from the television in the basement den of former Ambassador Walter Stoessel's widow's Washington home.

    When O'Connor angrily left to get her dinner from the buffet table upstairs, O'Connor's husband John explained that she was upset because the couple wanted to retire to Arizona, but that his wife would never vacate her seat if Gore won. She would remain on the court to deny Gore the opportunity of replacing her.

    "I thought John was spinning us a bit to protect her since she had been so indiscreet," said a source who was there. The O'Connors' friends say they believe the O'Connors want to remain in Washington even after retirement.

    A close O'Connor friend, a prominent Democrat, confirms that. When told about the Election Night episode, he said, "Oh, no, no, no. That's not her plan. The plan is that, if Bush wins, Chief Justice [William] Rehnquist will retire, and Bush will then nominate Sandra to be the first female United States chief justice in history. That's the plan. I don't think they will ever leave Washington."

    But I guess only she will ever know for sure if she sold out America just so she could get a shot at the big chair (which, of course, she didn't).

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 10:40:28 AM PDT

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