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Sandra Day O'Connor Finally Realizes Bush v. Gore Ruling Was Terrible

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How do you solve a problem like retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor? On the one hand, she was the first lady justice on the court, so attention must be paid. Also, she often (though not always) stood up for lady rights on said court, so attention must be paid to that too. Thank you, Justice O'Connor, for all of that.Buuuuuuuuuuutttttttttttt, on the other hand, she cast what was probably the deciding vote in one of the most egregious, despicable, are-you-fucking-kidding-us-SCOTUS? decisions EVER, the abomination known as Bush v. Gore. You remember that case, don't you, boys and girls? When the Supreme Court stuck its big judicial nose in Florida's electoral bidness, and decided to make George Dubya Bush the president of these United States? Even though he lost the election, and his brother helped rig the voter rolls in Florida, and his pals at Fox "News" tried to call the election for him before the votes were counted? No, you have probably forgotten by now. We know we had.


The Court, as you do not recall, knew at the time it was a bullshit ruling, which is why it included that little asterisk saying basically, "Yes, we know this is a bullshit ruling, so let us never speak of it again." And O'Connor voted in favor of the aforementioned bullshit ruling, so thanks for nothing.

But on the third hand (what? some people have three hands), now Sandy feels sort of bad about that whole Bush v. Gore thing. In a recent interview with the Chicago Tribune, she kinda sorta expressed the tiniest shred of regret about that:

Looking back, O'Connor said, she isn't sure the high court should have taken the case.

"It took the case and decided it at a time when it was still a big election issue," O'Connor said during a talk Friday with the Tribune editorial board. "Maybe the court should have said, 'We're not going to take it, goodbye.'"

The case, she said, "stirred up the public" and "gave the court a less-than-perfect reputation."

"Obviously the court did reach a decision and thought it had to reach a decision," she said. "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."

Um, yeah. Yeah, the Supreme Court kind of did add to the problem, what with handing the keys to the White House to that som'bitch who did not actually win the election and then strutted around the globe bombing shit and destroying shit and then smirking and chuckling about it, like, "Whoops, invaded the wrong country for a made up reason, heh heh, oh well, now I'm gonna go paint something." It's nice that after 13 years, O'Connor is willing to consider the possibility that maybe it wasn't such a good call after all, and by "nice" we mean what the hell took so long.

[Chicago Tribune]

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Good morning, America! Attorney General Bill Barr is doing a presser at 9:30 AM EDT about the Mueller report, which nobody will be able to see until around noon or after, once Congress gets the redacted report on CDs. Seeing as that is bullshit, there's no reason to watch this thing, as journalists won't be able to ask him questions about a document they haven't seen. So ... go back to bed, everyone!

Ugh, fine, we guess we will do this, and that is because we care, even though we are quite certain HGTV is doing some kind of very important "Property Brothers" marathon that adds much more of value to the national discourse, and also covers it up with shiplap accent walls. Does Bill Barr do cover-ups with shiplap? No, because he doesn't have the good taste for that.

Reportedly, we are going to hear from Barr why certain things were redacted, including why he thinks certain facts are subject to executive privilege, which is funny because he is not the president and therefore cannot invoke executive privilege. But oh whatever! Details! Robert Mueller won't be there and none of his team will be there, which tells you something about how they feel about this whole process. If they felt like this was on the up-and-up, you'd imagine they might show up to present a united front. As that is not happening, assume the entire thing is a bullshit act meant to help Donald Trump set the narrative for what will otherwise be a very bad day for him.

The New York Times reported last night that the White House has already been briefed on significant portions of the report, because Bill Barr is a rightwing scam artist piece of shit who gives the Trump White House reacharounds. The briefings have reportedly been very helpful for the White House in coming up with how to rebut today's report, which is funny because we thought Trump said this report was a full exoneration, NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION. (Actually nope on both counts, since Mueller didn't decide the obstruction question, and even according to Barr's mash notes, he took a very limited view of the conspiracy question, focusing on the Russian government's hack and dump WikiLeaks operation.)

Anyway, assuming Trump is right about full exoneration, we guess Rudy Giuliani's rebuttal will state that Trump is guilty, full stop. Because that's what "rebuttal" means, correct?

Committee chairs in the House including Jerry Nadler, Adam Schiff and Maxine Waters have called upon Bill Barr to cancel today's briefing, as it is useless horseshit. Because Barr literally gives zero fucks about his reputation and apparently is OK with going down in history as a fecal stain on our institutions and the rule of law, the show will go on.

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Bill Barr's book report, the NRA is doomed, and Johnny Cash will watch over the Capitol. Your morning news brief!

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