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Thanks, Nader Voters: You Brought This Dark Day Upon Us

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I was walking in my trendy, latte-sipping, hip urban neighborhood in the summer of 2000.

I walked past a couple pushing a baby carriage. Both adults were wearing "Nader-LaDuke" buttons.

At that point, I muttered to myself, "you all don't get it, do you?"

Well, they didn't. And for all I know, they still don't.

So let us look at how history has unfolded since then:

Bush vs. Gore Presidential Debate, October 3, 2000

Al Gore: "I don't favor litmus tests, but I know that there are ways to assess how a potential justice interprets the Constitution. I believe that there is a right of privacy in the Fourth Amendment. When the phrase "strict constructionist" is used, those are code words for saying that the governor would appoint people who would overturn Roe v. Wade."

Q: What code phrases should we read by what you said?

Al Gore: It'd be very likely that [my appointeees would] uphold Roe v. Wade.

2000 Presidential Election:

Bush, 271 electoral votes; Gore, 266 electoral votes.

Florida (25 electoral votes: Bush, 2,912,253; Gore,2,912,790; Nader 97,488.

July 1, 2005

Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announces her resignation, effective upon confirmation of her successor.

October 31, 2005

Bush nominates Samuel Alito to Supreme Court.

Associated Press: "Of course, he's against abortion," 90-year-old Rose Alito said of her son, a Catholic.

January 31, 2006:

Alito Confirmed as next U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

Associated Press: Critics who mounted a fierce campaign against his nomination noted that while he worked in the solicitor general's office for President Reagan, he suggested that the Justice Department should try to chip away at abortion rights rather than mount an all-out assault. He also wrote in a 1985 job application for another Reagan administration post that he was proud of his work helping the government argue that "the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion."

Future entries to come...