DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- So now the last piece in the grand plan for right-wing control of the United States has fallen into place. With Tuesday's 58-42 Senate vote, Associate Justice Samuel Alito joined the Supreme Court (and promptly and unexpectedly voted against the neo-cons on a death penalty case, to his credit). While my U.S. Senators, Patrick Leahy and James Jeffords, cast votes against Alito, they could not overcome the Republican majority who supported him. Looking back at court nominees over the past century, only Clarence Thomas received less Senate support than Alito. But it doesn't matter now. Conservatives now have a solid majority on the Supreme Court for decades to come. There will now be enough votes on the court to support expanded presidential power and to erode civil rights, labor and environmental protections and, in general, attempt to turn the clock back to the way America was circa 1900.