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Friday, February 19, 2016

Even REAGAN appointee Sandra Day O'Connor thinks President Obama should be allowed to pick Antonin Scalia's replacement

From Huffington Post

Sandra Day O'Connor, the retired Supreme Court justice appointed by President Ronald Reagan, said on Wednesday that President Barack Obama should get to name the replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

O'Connor, in an interview with a Fox affiliate in Phoenix, disagreed with Republican arguments that the next president, and not Obama, should get to fill the high court vacancy.

"I think we need somebody there to do the job now and let's get on with it," said O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court.

O'Connor, 85, agreed it's unusual for a Supreme Court vacancy to open in an election year, which "creates much talk around the thing that isn't necessary." 

But she said the president still has an important responsibility to fulfill.

"You just have to pick the best person you can under the circumstances, as the appointing authority must do," she said. "It's an important position and one that we care about as a nation and as a people. And I wish the president well as he makes choices and goes down that line. It's hard."

Reagan, fulfilling a campaign promise to nominate a woman to the high court, appointed O'Connor in 1981. For 25 years, she played a mostly centrist, pragmatist role on the bench -- often breaking from Republican ideology and siding with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on women's issues.

She stepped down in 2006 to care for her ailing husband and was replaced by Justice Samuel Alito. Many legal observers have noted that, had she not retired when she did, the court wouldn't have shifted rightward so dramatically in the last decade.

Wonder what Sarah Palin thinks of this?  A woman appointed by Ronald Reagan siding with President Obama.


2 comments:

  1. Hi SPHASH! Of course we know that this will chap $arah's bony ass! She would not dare issue an idiotic reply, for she knows that Madame Justice O'Connor will tactfully call her out for being an absolute moron! The simpleton could not name ONE fuckin' Supreme Court judgment (thank you Ms. Couric)!!

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  2. That being said, the appointee still has to be approved and you know the nutjob GOP will vote down anyone President Obama proposes, and he cannot override it. They said they won't, and they mean it. Vote Democrat; our very lives depend on it.

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