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The New York Times leads with newly released documents showing that Judge Alito was a player in a pushback against Roe v. Wade when he worked at the Reagan-era Justice Department. In a 1985 memo, Alito wrote that two Supreme Court cases represented an "opportunity to advance the goals of overruling Roe v. Wade and, in the meantime, of mitigating its effects." A White House spokesman said that despite the memo's strong morality-centered language, suggestions that it might be indicative of how Alito would rule on abortion cases "cross the border into silly land."

I argue that we crossed the border into Silly Land the day we rolled over and allowed the Supreme Court to appoint Dubya as president. Of course Alito will rule far to the right. Why else would he have been chosen? With Dubya's popularity continuing to tank he needs to shore up his base. Expect this to be a nasty fight.

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