Friday, July 01, 2005

O'Connor Retires From Supreme Court

And so it begins/ends.

Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court and a swing vote on abortion as well as other contentious issues, has announced her retirement. "It has been a great privilege indeed to have served as a member of the court for 24 terms," the 75-year-old justice wrote Bush in a one-paragraph resignation letter. "I will leave it with enormous respect for the integrity of the court and its role under our constitutional structure."

What does this mean? Bush says his model for Supreme Court justices is Scalia and Thomas -- so it looks like things are going to keep tipping to the right. And unless Rehnquist somehow beats his cancer, we're in for more trouble.


1 comment:

Rags said...

My stomach and heart both sank when I first read about this. This could be so troubling in so many ways. I see huge short-term and long-term effects.

Long-term is obvious. It invites Bush to stack the court with right-wing fundamentalist ideologues who will strike down Roe V. Wade as an appetizer before moving on to so much more.

Short-term, it allows for a top-of-the-headlines battle over his appointee and potential filibusters, distracting the country's limited attention span from the mess in Iraq and any talk of impeachment.

This is a very dark day for this country, and the sun may not come out again for a long time.