O’Connor observed that there have been a lot of suggestions lately for so-called judicial reforms -- recommendations for the massive impeachment of judges stripping the courts of jurisdictions and cutting judicial budgets to punish offending judges. Any of these might be debatable, she said, as long as they are not retaliation for decision that political leaders disagree with.In the words of Mr. Stephen Colbert, I called it! In any case, with all due respect to Justice O'Connor - fuck you, Sandy! You were, in no small way, in a position to help prevent this coup d'etat being perpetrated by the Bush administration. You were one ninth of a check and balance all by yourself! And look who you let take your place! A man so subservient to BushCo, they ask for more power, he asks how much. How can you do this to us and then read us a lecture about being vigilant in the fight against totalitarianism? Fuck you.
I, said O’ Connor, am against judicial reforms driven by nakedly partisan reasoning. Pointing to the experiences of developing countries and formerly Communist countries, where interference with an independent judiciary has allowed dictatorship to flourish, O’Connor said we must be ever vigilant against those who would strong-arm the judiciary into adopting their preferred policies. It takes a lot of degeneration before a country falls into dictatorship she said, but we should avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings.