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Appearing on CBS This Morning on Monday to tout his new book on Sandra Day O’Connor, author Evan Thomas hailed the former Supreme Court justice as a “conservative Republican” because she voted in favor of abortion and affirmative action.
Talking to co-host Norah O’Donnell, the former Newsweek editor hyped, “She preserved affirmative action and abortion for 25 years. That is no small thing. You know? Conservatives thought when she got on the Court, those things are gone. Those are the bête noire of the right wing.”
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Speaking of her votes in favor of liberal policy beliefs, Thomas insisted, “It's not that she was a liberal activist at all. She was a conservative. She was a Republican conservative. But she understood the public mood.”
O’Connor, in reality, was a moderate justice on the Supreme Court. It’s hard to square praising her “Republican conservative” credentials when you are talking about efforts to save abortion and affirmative action.
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Thomas used similarly weird language on Monday. Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to tout his new book, he cheered, “She was the one who kept abortion alive.” Kept abortion alive?
A transcript of the CBS This Morning segment is below. Click on "expand" to read more.
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NORAH O’DONNELL: Sandra day O'Connor made history when she became the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court in 1981. Former President Ronald Reagan appointed her and the Senate confirmed her unanimously. During her nearly 25 years on the nation’s highest court, O’Connor was considered by many to be the most powerful women in America. Author Evan Thomas’s new book First: Sandra Day O'Connor gives what the New York Times calls a “fascinating and revelatory portrait of the justice, both on the bench and off.” Evan Thomas, good morning.
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EVAN THOMAS: Hi, Norah.
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