THE G.O.P. LITMUS TEST

''A day that will live in infamy,'' declared TV Evangelist Pat Robertson, referring to the Supreme Court's reaffirmation last week of Roe vs. Wade. Citing Thomas Jefferson, the Republican presidential aspirant called the high court an ''unelected oligarchy'' and assailed the Justices as ''despots.'' Some 1,200 delegates to the National Right to Life Committee's convention in Denver applauded warmly. Then came New York's Republican Congressman Jack Kemp, a more conventional politician and a virtually certain candidate for the 1988 presidential nomination. Kemp took a broader view, shunning personal attacks on the Justices and appealing for ''not just a change of law...

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