Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman U.S. Supreme Court justice,is expressing doubts
over the court’s historic involvement in the 2000 presidential election.
Just maybe, O’Connor said over the weekend, the high court should have stayed out of the 2000 election.
“Maybe the court should have said, ‘We’re not going to take it, goodbye,’” O’Connor told the Chicago Tribune editorial board in reference to the controversialBush v. Gore
decision. “It turned out the election authorities in Florida hadn’t 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.”
It’s not the first time O’Connor has expressed doubt about siding with the majority in the 5-4 decision. In a 2010 interview, she said she didn’t know if it was right. But, she added, she didn’t 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 O’Connor regrets her vote, even if she will never say so.
“To know Justice O’Connor as I am privileged to do is to know that the word ‘regret’ never passes her lips,” Toobinsaid
. “Did she regret her vote inBush v. Gore
? Did she regret the Bush presidency? You bet she did, and you bet she does.”