Former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor sends best wishes to Barack Obama
During a Wednesday interview with Fox 10 News, retired Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor chimed in regarding the vacancy on the court’s bench created by the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
“I think we need somebody there to do the job now and let’s get on with it,” lectured O’Connor. The Arizona lawyer duped President Ronald Reagan into thinking she was a conservative in 1981 when he appointed her as the first woman to serve on the nation’s highest court. O’Connor, now 85, reveled in the role of swing vote, frequently breaking with Republican principles and siding with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal former ACLU lawyer and Clinton appointee.
O’Connor said Obama has an important responsibility to fulfill and implied he should not be impeded in his decision. “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.”
Signaling the type of choice Obama will make in replacing Justice Scalia, the man who refused to attend the funeral of conservative British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will not attend Scalia’s memorial service, either — opting instead to travel on Saturday, to visit with the Communist dictator Castro brothers in Cuba.