Sandra Day O’Connor Regrets 2000 Involvement in Election

Sandra Day O’Connor Regrets 2000 Involvement in Election

 Most rational Americans realized that when the Supreme Court of the United States interfered in the 2000 election between George W. Bush, and Al Gore, they invaded territory that was not their domain.

An interview on Monday with retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, revealed her personal disappointment with the Court’s involvement.

“It took the case and decided it at a time when it was still a big election issue,” Justice O’Connor told the Chicago Tribune editorial board on Friday. “Maybe the court should have said, ‘We’re not going to take it, goodbye.’”

She continued: “Obviously the court did reach a decision and thought it had to reach a 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.”

The result, she allowed, “stirred up the public” and “gave the court a less than a perfect reputation.”

The problem is that Justice O’Connor sided with the majority and stopped the recount.

Here’s what you might not know: what Bush v. Gore was actually about. Gore’s team had successfully appealed to the Florida Supreme Court to hold a recount of the ballots in Florida. Given the closeness of the election, that the name of the next president depended on it, and that a number of irregularities in the ballots had been detected, a recount seemed, not just a good idea, but an obvious idea.

And, remember that Gore won the popular vote.  Every year since the debacle caused by the Court, there have been movements to eliminate the Electoral College.  If every person’s vote is supposed to count, the Electoral College is definitely un-Constitutional.

Studies have shown that a full recount likely would have delivered the presidency to Al Gore. Sandra Day O’Connor’s single vote decided the presidency. Now, at 83, 13 years too late, she has finally said she would like a do-over.

The entire nation and the world would love to experience it as well.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

12 Responses to "Sandra Day O’Connor Regrets 2000 Involvement in Election"

  1. dean james   April 30, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I guess she can go back to pruning her roses…you would think that someone who is really qualified for the supreme court wouldn’t need a mulligan!

  2. twilah   April 30, 2013 at 5:46 am

    If what she says is true..then now she and others know how WE feel, having a president that won by fraud…and intimidation…and lies. I double whether Gore would have kept us safe all these years as Bush did……I don’t believe anything hapens by chance.

  3. Jerry Waxman   April 30, 2013 at 5:20 am

    You cannot say that O’Connor’s single vote decided the presidency. There were others who voted as she did. You also cannot say that the electoral college is unconstitutional, since it was the Constitution that established the electoral college. It would be good to do away with the electoral college, especially now that the politicians have figured ways to gerrymander their districts so that their party is over-represented in Congress, and eventually the popular vote in the presidential election could be deemed irrelevant. As for the 2000 fiasco, maddening as it was, and maddening as the next 8 years turned out, I wonder if Al Gore and Joe Lieberman were really fit for the White House. What happened happened. It’s good to hear one Supreme Court justice express regret, but what good does that do anyone?

  4. Ben   April 30, 2013 at 5:17 am

    The columnist would do well to read Article II, Section I of the US Constitution before labeling the way in which we elect the President/Vice President unconstitutional. Where on earth does he get the idea that every person’s vote is supposed to count? School, I’m sure, however every person’s vote counting for President is a fairy tale with no factual backing.

  5. Martin Gray   April 30, 2013 at 5:08 am

    The Electoral College is not un-consitutional; Mr. Turnage is wrong on the facts and the law and reveals a stunning lack of knowledge as to why the U.S. Electoral College was set up in the first place. Mr. Gore sued to limit the recount to a specific set of Florida counties that normally voted Democrat and sued to not recount the entire vote in Florida. By any objective observer, and those who actually did recount the vote, including the Miami Herald – not known as a Conservative paper, Mr. Gore lost Florida and the 2000 Presidential election. Former Justice O’Connor may have her regrets, but she was part of a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices who voted to accept the case. A little late for second thoughts? No?

  6. frank burns   April 30, 2013 at 5:03 am

    Gore won the recount, and there was no violation at all with Florida’s constitution. The US supreme court violated the US constitution, interfering in a state right for mere political gain.

  7. Kevin   April 30, 2013 at 4:52 am

    This has so many inaccuracies and outright lies. Get over it. Gore lost.

    The Florida Supreme Court violated Florida’s constitution. Bush won all 3 recounts. You keep trying to invent history.

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