Sandra Day OConnor, the first woman U.S. Supreme Court justice, is expressing doubts over the courts historic involvement in the 2000 presidential election.
By STEVE KRASKE
The Kansas City Star
Just maybe, OConnor said over the weekend, the high court should have stayed out of the 2000 election.
Maybe the court should have said, Were not going to take it, goodbye, OConnor told the Chicago Tribune editorial board in reference to the controversial Bush v. Gore decision. It turned out the election authorities in Florida hadnt done a real good job there and kind of messed it up. And probably the Supreme Court added to the problem at the end of the day.
Its not the first time OConnor has expressed doubt about siding with the majority in the 5-4 decision. In a 2010 interview, she said she didnt know if it was right. But, she added, she didnt worry about it because several recounts found that Bush would have won the state regardless.
In an interview with NPR last month, Supreme Court reporter Jeffrey Toobin said that OConnor regrets her vote, even if she will never say so.
To know Justice OConnor as I am privileged to do is to know that the word regret never passes her lips, Toobin said. Did she regret her vote in Bush v. Gore? Did she regret the Bush presidency? You bet she did, and you bet she does.