March 15, 2006, 2:00am

“I am against judicial reforms driven by nakedly partisan reasoning…we must be ever-vigilant against those who would strong-arm the judiciary into adopting their preferred policies. It takes a lot of degeneration before a country falls into dictatorship, but we should avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings.”

–Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in a speech at Georgetown University describing the direction the country may be headed if Republicans continue to attack the judiciary.