The Threat Matrix
• Unfortunately, the rest of the NYT is not quite as impartial. At least the on-line version has five letters concerning op-eds by Charles Fried and Adam Cohen, all from people opposed to Alito, including a former Clinton official and Nan Aron of the Alliance for Justice.
• Dean Screams, “Alito Fails [My Litmus] Test[s]”: In the Pittsburg Post-Gazette today DNC Chairman Howard Dean has a somewhat odd op-ed that’s ostensibly about Alito, but that doesn’t stop him from going off on an strange tangent in which he rails about Vice-President Cheney, Halliburton, Bill Frist, Jack Abramoff, Karl Rove and Tom Delay. Besides that weird moment the op-ed is little more than Dean dutifully reading off PFAW’s talking points.
• As you can see below, this has been the week for PFAW, AFJ and other left-wing groups to come out with their “reports” on Judge Alito’s record. This is probably a good moment to remind everyone that CFJ recently put out its own report on where these groups are coming from.