Across the country tonight, Democrats are bracing themselves for the likely confirmation of John Roberts and whatever conservative Roe v. Wade-eschewing inclinations lie unplumbed in his depths. Across the country, they are thinking wistfully of centrist Sandra Day O’Connor and how she grounded the court, staying the legal course with her refusal to tow any line for the left or the right. And tonight, while a nation reels from the outgrowth of her resignation, Sandra Day O’Connor is thinking wistfully of a horse named Chico.
Chico is the star of O’Connor’s new book, the beloved pony of her youth who is set to romp through “Chico: A True Story from the Childhood of the First Woman Supreme Court Justice” with all sorts of Penguin Young Readers come August 18th. This is O’Connor’s very first children’s book but if the kids love Chico like I think they will, look for “Chico: Fully Loaded” in a year or so, right about when Roe v. Wade is officially overturned.
Grown-up books by Sandra Day O’Connor (presumably not like those grown-up books by Judy Blume):
Lazy B : Growing up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest
The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice
Sandra Day O’Connor Wall Poster, 17×22 [Amazon]