November 6, 2006, - 1:54 pm

Go Away!: Liberal Ex-Justice O’Connor Whines About Ballot Measures to Rein in Judges

By Debbie Schlussel
Remember Sandra Day O’Connor? We’d like to forget the ex-Supreme Court Justice, a liberal who was nothing more than a Reagan affirmative action appointee (because she was a woman). And, besides, she set this bad trend of pretentious female Justices with three names: Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Rosie O’Donnell Carpenter, Hillary Rodham Clinton, etc. Well, thankfully the last two will never be on the Court. But you get our drift.
Unfortunately, not content to ride off into the sunset, O’Connor keeps popping up. And spouting off. Today’s edition of the Sandy O’Connor Ex-files is about the elections. She’s upset that judges are under growing political attack:

Unhappiness with judges today is at a very intense level,

she told a gathering of state judges from around the country, Friday.


Three of a Dastardly Kind: Uber-Liberals Hanoi Jane Fonda, Maria Shriver, Former Lib Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

Well, guess what? Judges are increasingly political and activist–just like she was. So, they deserve to be under political attack.
O’Connor is dour over an interesting initiative on Tomorrow’s South Dakota ballot, the “Jail 4 Judges” initiative, which would create a citizens’ grand jury that could authorize lawsuits or criminal prosecutions against judges bassed on their rulings. She’s also whining about Colorado’s ballot initiative that would term-limit Superme Court Justices to 10 years in office
While we oppose any idea that expands the litigation explosion and lawsuit abuse, the “Jail 4 Judges” measure is an interesting idea, especially in a day and age where many states have checks and balances, including term limits, on every other branch of government, but the judiciary is usually for life, because lawyers are wont to run against their colleagues and lose (having to go before them in court afterward and likely prejudicing their clients). Judges have become increasingly imperious, arbitrary, and activist in their decisions, and there is no way to rein it in.
We do favor the term limits idea, and would like to see it applied to judges at the trial court level, too. The idea of judges for life is passe and not ideal to getting real justice.
It figures a lib dinosaur like O’Connor doesn’t want reform over our judicial process at the state level.

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6 Responses

I’m with King Henry VI, as William Shakespeare put it.

Thee_Bruno on November 6, 2006 at 2:31 pm

Debbie, I agree with you on many issues, but at times your shrillness approaches Ann Coulter levels. I think O’Connor was appointed because she was a good judge, period – I think Reagan is the last person to make a token appointment. Arizona is hardly known for its liberal tradition. And who cares if a _female_ judge has three names? No one cares that John Paul Stevens has three names.
O’Connor is no longer ruling on cases, retired, and has the right to say whatever she wants when she wants.
I enjoy the blog – take avacation and lower your blood preassure.

Michael777 on November 6, 2006 at 2:55 pm

Sandra Nightmare O’Connor, didn’t she retire?
Sandra, I know a place you can go and have fun:
Go play Bingo in a nursing home!
Forget about politics and courts, it’s time for you to rest now, forever. I’ll come play with you if you want. Besides, I know many old farts who want to date a sexy old bitch like you!

Independent Conservative on November 6, 2006 at 3:04 pm

Mark Levin was right and this article only points out the problems. Good post and thanks for the info.

lonewolf on November 6, 2006 at 3:21 pm

Michael777 said;
” I think Reagan is the last person to make a token appointment.”
I like Reagan, however, he wasn’t above making purely political decisions.
Not only was the Sandra Day O’Connor appointment a political one, let me point out a few others;
1. He appointed Colin Powell, first black national security advisor. And, we all know what a fuck-up he was/is.
2. Appointed first black cabinet member to his administration: Samuel R. Pierce – Secretary of HUD.
3. Signed into law Martin Luther King holiday to curry favor with blacks. We all know how THAT turned out, as well.
4. Signed amnesty bill for millions of illegal invaders. We all know the ramifications of THAT, too.

Thee_Bruno on November 7, 2006 at 9:11 am

Bruno: I don’t really see how Powell was much of a fuck-up.
Same deal with MLK day. He was/is an important figure in American history. Granted, I don’t think it should be a day to take off work, but only as a day of rememberance much like the various president’s B-day holidays.

DudeSteak on November 7, 2006 at 3:39 pm

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