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  •  Sandra Day O'Connor must be so proud (none)
    Sandra Day O'Connor must be feeling very proud that, through a petty act of personal desire in 2000, she has so dramatically undermined the constitutional court she has served on for almost 25 years. By deciding she wanted to retire under a GOP president and helping to install Bush she has set into motion a series of events that has lead to a crisis where the very separation of powers in our government is under threat. And now she's set to be replaced by one of the very king makers who are undermining our Constitution.

    Thanks for nothing, Sandra Day O'Connor. What a horrible mark on the history of this nation for you to leave.

    •  She knows the timing's not ideal... (none)
      But that's not being fair to her.  She specifically mentioned in her letter that she would "retire from my position as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, effective upon the nomination and confirmation of my successor."

      In other words, there's no way Bush could appoint a replacement justice while Congress is in recess.  He has to have Congressional approval for the successor, in order for her to retire.

      (IIRC, her husband has health issues that are possibly prompting her decision.)

      •  I'm referring to 2000 Bush v. Gore (none)
        I'm referring to her role in the 2000 Bush v. Gore decision, along with the gossip that around that time her husband allegedly was heard at a DC cocktail party claiming she didn't want to retire under a Democratic president:

        And according to the Wall Street Journal, O'Connor's husband said at an election-night party that his wife, a 70-year-old breast-cancer survivor, would like to retire but that she would be reluctant to leave if a Democrat won the presidency and got to select her successor. Hers was a key swing vote that ensured a Republican victory.

        So yes, if the gossip is true she damaged this country for personal, petty reasons. And I don't think there's anyone who can honestly defend the ridiculous "one-time-only" ruling that was supposedly for the good of this nation.

        GOP: Party before Country
        Puppethead

        by puppethead on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 01:33:23 PM PST

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