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O’Connor Confesses That Maybe SCOTUS Shouldn’t Have Taken Bush v. Gore

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In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor admitted that the Court possibly erred when it decided to take Bush v. Gore:

Maybe the court should have said, ‘We’re not going to take it, goodbye.

That, however, wasn’t even the kicker.  This was:

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. (emphasis my own)

Think about that for a second.  She pretty much admits that the biggest decision rendered while she sat on the Supreme Court she provided the necessary vote to get it wrong and swing a presidential election.  Perhaps this could have been somewhat understandable if George W. Bush had won the popular vote and there was a sense in the nation that the courts should step in to make sure the popular vote winner took office.  That, however, was not the case.  Bush lost the popular vote and her vote helped pave the way for the loser to take office.