What if there had been a popular uprising in reaction to the Supreme Court's decision in Bush v. Gore, which decided the 2000 election in favor of George W. Bush? What if the Florida recount had gone forward and Al Gore had won instead? Possibly there would have been no invasion of Iraq and no relaxation of financial regulations that led to an economic near-meltdown. Justice Stephen Breyer and three other members of the Supreme Court disagreed with the majority that ruled in Bush's favor. Yet Breyer said the most important and amazing part of this ruling was that both Democrats and Republicans accepted it peacefully. The rule of law holds this very disparate country together (review of Breyer's Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View in the New York Review of Books, November 11).