December 16, 2010
But yes, sometime is doesn't seem like too much more than a collection of colorful anecdotes about the personalities of the judges. The meaty stuff comes in the description of Sandra Day O'Connor's real power. Despite a Republican-appointment dominance since the Reagan years, the Court has handed down mostly moderate decisions and mostly because of O'Connor.
The book is just as good, but gets upsetting, when it gets to the case popularly known as Bush v. Gore (it was actually Gore v. Harris, but never mind). Reading about that fiasco again just opened up my ulcer from that time again. It damaged the reputation of the Court as well as the country and makes it clear that it's not law or theories about the constitution or the place of precedence, but ideology that truly runs the court.
The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court