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Wyeth v. Levine – October

The Wall Street Journal has an article today on the oral arguments before the Supreme Court in Wyeth v. Levine. In an unrelated but very related story, The Washington Post had an article from a Republican suggesting that the RNC drop the focus on McCain and salvage Senate races instead.

These are related stories because if the Democrats get to 60 senators, I think Wyeth v. Levine and Riegel v. Medtronic will become a moot point. There are interesting landmarks on the path to 60. The first is the outcome of Ted Stevens’ trial. If Stevens is acquitted, Republicans should hold that seat. Who knew Alaska could have the impact it is having in this election? The second is whether Al Franken can unseat Norm Coleman in Minnesota. I hope Franken wins and, like most of us, I enjoyed Stuart Smalley on “Saturday Night Live.” But after reading one of his books, I’m not sure he is a step towards a post-partisan movement. Franken sings the “all conservatives are evil and all liberals are righteous” spiel that the entire country is tired of hearing.

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