Patterico's Pontifications

11/16/2003

IT’S CONFIRMED: ESTRADA WAS BORKED

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:03 pm

IT’S CONFIRMED: ESTRADA WAS BORKED DUE TO HIS ETHNICITY: The Wall Street Journal has obtained Democratic staff strategy memos from when the Democrats were in charge of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2001-02. You can read excerpts here.

The most interesting thing in the memos is their discussion of Miguel Estrada. The memos confirm what we knew all along: Estrada was borked in large part because he was Latino.

A November 6, 2001 memorandum to Democrat Senator Dick Durbin informs Durbin of a scheduled meeting with leaders of liberal interest groups regarding “the most controversial and/or vulnerable judicial nominees.” A follow-up memo from the next day states:

November 7, 2001/To: Senator Durbin

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The groups singled out three–Jeffrey Sutton (6th Circuit); Priscilla Owen (5th Circuit); and Caroline [sic] Kuhl (9th Circuit)–as a potential nominee for a contentious hearing early next year, with a [sic] eye to voting him or her down in Committee. They also identified Miguel Estrada (D.C. Circuit) as especially dangerous, because he has a minimal paper trail, he is Latino, and the White House seems to be grooming him for a Supreme Court appointment. They want to hold Estrada off as long as possible.

There you have it, straight from the ass’s mouth.

Now sit back and watch the mainstream media ignore this.

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