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Now for the battle on the left. I’m not sure how openly it will play out, but the conflict will be between those who want a high profile filibuster/borking and those who don’t. The filiborkers will hope either to block the nomination or, more realistically, to use the battle to label Republicans as “out of the mainstream” reactionaries. Recognizing that the country is more conservative than liberal, moderate Dems will know that filiborking this nomination can only result in labeling the Dems themselves as extremists in hoc to radical interest groups. So get ready for the debate. To filibork, or not to filibork. That is the question.

Stanley Kurtz is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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