Anohter attack on states rights

As the people of the country wait for the Senate to once again take up the business of running the country (whilst they are currently debating removing civil rights from the constinution) comes word of another attack on states rights. The Bush Administration, after being elected on a platform of states rights, is now trying to strike down state law in Oregon.

In an unusual move Ashcroft asked the 9th circuit to rehear the case instead of taking the case before the Supreme Court. Could it be that the administration would like to keep their election-year assault on states rights more covert?