Retired Justice O'Connor forecasts dictatorship.
Retired Justice O'Connor forecasts dictatorship.
Media criticism.
March 13 2006 7:11 PM

O'Connor Forecasts Dictatorship

Why didn't the American press chase the story?

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An ear-witness to the Georgetown talk tells me O'Connor reused the Roosevelt line, indicating that elements of the talk are part of her new stump speech.

Addendum II, March 14, 10 p.m.:What a difference a year makes! Back in April 2005, Newsweek captured O'Connor trying to make nice with some of her congressional foes by treating them to lunch ("sandwiches and a salad sprinkled with walnuts") and conversation at the court.



O'Connor has finally taken John Riggins' advice. Remember in 1985 when the Redskins running back said, "Loosen up, Sandy baby," to her at a formal dinner? What will O'Connor have to say before Riggins reverses his advice to "Tighten up, Sandy baby"? Send your predictions to (E-mail may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

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