Steamrolling the Judiciary

What’s a better indicator of how far out of line conservatives have become in their quest to overtake America’s judiciary?

The fact that a U.S. Supreme Court justice is warning against attacks on judges:

Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said harsh political rhetoric could spur violence against the nation’s judges, offering a veiled response last night to some national figures who in the past week have blasted the courts for failing to intervene in the case of a severely brain-damaged Florida woman. […]

“It didn’t occur to me that there would be as many threats, and I do receive them,” O’Connor said. “I don’t think the harsh rhetoric helps. I think it energizes people who are a little off base to take actions that maybe they wouldn’t otherwise take.

…or that Rush Limbaugh of all people is saying recent conservative efforts may actually be frightening the American people:

…[I]f indeed there is — and I hope there’s not, and I don’t suspect it yet — but if there is a tendency on the part of Frist or some others to cave on the use of the nuclear option, and again this is purely hypothetical, but I think it might be because of the reaction to the judiciary following the Schiavo case and the circumstances. They might think it’s too hot out there, water’s gotten too hot, temperature is too hot, and now start appearing to ramrod presidential nominees through the confirmation process… blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, would be seen as an attempt to literally take over the judiciary, and they’ll be very sensitive to that kind of a charge.