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Why is the GOP leadership so skittish about filibustering Kagan? Why not — with all honesty — denounce Kagan as “outside the mainstream” — which will nicely reinforce Americans’ growing suspicion that Obama is way, way outside the mainstream. Kagan can hardly complain since she’s on the record as calling for a searching examination of the ideology of court nominees. She may still prevail, but I don’t see the downside.