Monday, March 13


Former SCOTUS justice Sandra Day O'Connor, a Republlican and Reagan nominee, utters an electrifying warning in a closed forum, with only one reporter (NPR's Nina Totenberg) present. No recording, no transcripts, just Nina's notes. So the Guardian's Jonathan Raban asks why?

O'Connor said we must be ever-vigilant against those who would strong-arm the judiciary into adopting their preferred policies. It takes a lot of degeneration before a country falls into dictatorship, she said, but we should avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings.
These are peculiar times, and when Republican politicians appear to endorse the killing of judges who make rulings of which they disapprove, it's maybe understandable that a distinguished judge like Sandra Day O'Connor, expressing views calculated to enrage Republican politicians, might sensibly look to a small podium with a weak sound system for fear of being heard too clearly by the likes of Cornyn and DeLay.

That last paragraph is chilling, isn't it?

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