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Conrad Black Stephen Nodine

When Stephen Nodine threw his hat in the ring for an Alabama congressional seat, the state's Republican Party chairman unctuously announced that the party would not give its imprimatur to a candidate who had been convicted of a crime. Is this self-righteous idiot of a chairman the real face of the party of Lincoln? Those tens of millions who have been wronged by the U.S. justice system -- and almost all of them have, because even the guilty are grossly over-sentenced -- should assert the traditional American right to redress, like African-Americans, women, gays, and all ethnic groups as their numbers enabled them, have done.