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Monday, November 14, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Washington Times Bill Sammon, who is with me at a Hillsdale College confab on New Media, has quite a scoop this morning:

Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., President Bush’s Supreme Court nominee, wrote that “the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion” in a 1985 document obtained by The Washington Times.
“I personally believe very strongly” in this legal position, Mr. Alito wrote on his application to become deputy assistant to Attorney General Edwin I. Meese III.

Gotta love those Reagan Library document dumps.

This document raises the stakes dramatically for the left, because while the twenty-year old job application says nothing about how Judge Alito would rule as Justice Alito, it does present the first ever case of a nominee with a decisive declaration on the subject of Roe. If Judge Alito is confirmed with such a declaration in his past, it will be a significent alteration in assumed dynamics of SCOTUS nominations.

Again, the old opinion offered by a young lawyer doesn’t mean that Judge Alito would vote to overturn Roe/Casey. But it does mean that if the left cannot stop the nomination, they are broken as a force in the confirmation process for as long as the GOP maintains enough votes to threaten convincingly deployment of the constitutional option.

More at ConfirmThem and BenchMemos.

Tools to use in support of the Alito nomination are available at

A round-up of violence in Europe is available at Gateway Pundit. (HT: Instapundit.)

GalleySlaves on why Mapes Syndrome needs to be completely exposed and discredited by MSM media critics, and why it isn’t hard to do.

And AsiaPundit has a translation of an editorial from within China on Chinese media coverage of avian flu.

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