The activism of the 2000 court regarding Bush v Gore will be a historical stain on the SCOTUS forever.
It gave us the most reckless executive administration -- Yea, ole Tricky Dick Nixon had nothing on Bush/Cheney -- in USA history.
We are still picking up the tab...
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, whose decision to vote with the majority in the 5-4 Bush v. Gore decision ended the 2000 presidential election recount, said Friday in an interview with the Chicago Tribune that she's not sure the court should have heard the case.
The ruling overturned a previous decision by the Florida Supreme Court that ordered a recount of state ballots. Republican George W. Bush was declared the victor over Democrat Al Gore with a 537-vote margin in the state.
"Maybe the court should have said, 'We're not going to take it, goodbye,'" O'Connor told the Tribune's editorial board. "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."
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The decision enraged Gore's supporters. The Democratic candidate won the national popular vote, but lost the Electoral College after Florida's 25 electoral votes were awarded to Bush.
Ralph Nader, the Green Party presidential candidate in the 2000 election who was accused by some Democrats of spoiling Gore's chances, was pleased by O'Connor's remarks.
"Sandra Day O'Connor is right to express a variety of doubts about this judicial coup d'état," Nader told U.S. News. "The brazen Bush v. Gore 5-4 selection of George W. Bush was the most partisan, political, constitutionally violative decision in American legal history."
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