In a recent Senate floor speech, Democratic Leader Harry Reid likened Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan to another woman who sat on the court, Sandra Day O’Connor.
“One of my favorite Supreme Court Justices in recent years has been Sandra Day O’Connor, not because she’s a Republican, but because she was a good judge. I think one reason she was a good judge is she had no judicial experience,” Reid said on May 11, 2010.
Ah, but Harry, Senator sir, ummm……
In 1975, O’Connor was elected a judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court, where she served until 1979, when she was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals, according to her biography on the U.S. Supreme Court Web site. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated O’Connor to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court.
We asked Reid’s spokesman, Jim Manley, if we were missing something, and he wrote that Reid had simply misspoken.
Misspoken huh? Not quite, the fact is Reid, like many politicians, lives under the delusion that they can say whatever they want, and no one will ever fact check them.