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  • Mary Landrieu and Miguel Estrada: Memory Time

    11/14/2014 7:48:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/14/2014 | James V. DeLong
    Current news reports say that Harry Reid will allow a vote on the Keystone Pipeline so that Mary Landrieu can register her support, and thus improve her chances in the December Senate election in Louisiana, even as the Democratic majority votes it down. The theory behind this move is the usual Democratic assumption that voters are dumb, and will not realize that the Senate vote is a charade, designed to fool them into believing that Landrieu actually supports Keystone and is not in cahoots with Harry Reid and the enviro-zealots and billionaires who back and bankroll the party.  (Even...
  • Commentary and Sarah Palin

    04/21/2014 10:38:35 PM PDT · by palin45potus · 14 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 4-21-2014 | James V. DeLong
    She does not subscribe to one of Commentary’s themes, which is that we are all reasonable people and that the left will eventually be persuaded by the force of our superior logic, so she understands the importance of determination and élan. We will see about the electoral future. Palin will do what she does, which is rally the forces of liberty and support good candidates. She will not triangulate or dissemble. The current wisdom of the political class is that this does not result in electoral victories, a conclusion borne out by Obama’s success. But political climates change, and honesty...
  • GOP senators sue Obama over sham labor board nominees

    04/17/2012 7:53:38 PM PDT · by Semper911 · 47 replies
    The Washington Wxaminer ^ | April 17, 2012 | Paul Bedard
    In a double-barrelled blast at President Obama, Senate Republicans today moved to join a lawsuit challenging the White House’s Christmas “recess appointment” of National Labor Relations Board members even though the Senate was technically in session. To handle their case, they hired Miguel Estrada, who in 2002 became the first-ever judicial nominee to be torpedoed by a Democratic filibuster. “The president’s decision to circumvent the American people by installing his appointees at a powerful federal agency, when the Senate was not in recess, and without obtaining the advice and consent of the Senate, is an unprecedented power grab,” McConnell said....
  • The Right's Supreme Court Acquiescence

    07/20/2010 8:27:15 PM PDT · by JimPrevor · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 16, 2010 | Jim Prevor
    From a purely tactical stand-point, the implications of what Estrada is saying are obvious: If the Democrats block nominees on ideological grounds -- as they did with Estrada -- and the Republicans rely on traditional credentials, eschewing ideology, we will wind up with a court of well-credentialed liberals.
  • Jose Padilla v. John Yoo - Audio of Civil Suit Argument before 9th Circuit on 6/14/10

    06/14/2010 7:14:57 PM PDT · by BCrago66 · 1 replies · 331+ views
    United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ^ | 6/14/10 | United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    There's been a years-long multi-front attack on John Yoo - now a professor of law at Berkeley - for his war-related legal opinions while he was at the Justice Department during the Bush administration. Activists have tried - and so far failed - to boot Yoo from his position at Berkeley, but they still disrupt his classes, and protest at his house & publicize his address. The threat of criminal charges against Yoo was finally dropped, after years of leaks from Democrat hacks at the Department of Justice, intended to damage Mr. Yoo's reputation. But there's still an ongoing civil...
  • Conservative friends rise in support of Kagan

    05/15/2010 9:51:18 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 38 replies · 801+ views
    The Oakland Press ^ | May 13, 2010 | Mark Sherman
    Conservative lawyers and academics are voicing support for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, praise that could soften criticism from the right and provide cover for any Republican senators inclined to vote for her nomination. The essence of their take on Kagan, the former Harvard Law School dean who now serves as solicitor general, is that she clearly has the smarts to be a justice and has shown an ability to work with all sides on thorny issues. “She has had a remarkable and truly unusual record of reaching out across ideological divides,” said Michael McConnell, a former federal appeals court...
  • Sarah Palin begins to build her network of advisors

    09/23/2009 12:24:22 AM PDT · by meadsjn · 53 replies · 2,115+ views
    Texas for Palin ^ | Tuesday, September 22, 2009 | Josh Painter
    Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Sarah Palin begins to build her network of advisors Politico's Ben Smith reports: Randy Scheunemann, has emerged as an advisor to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as she attempts to build a serious public profile and begins to build a network of aides and advisors typical of a national politician. Scheunemann confirmed this evening that he's with Palin in Hong Kong, where she is delivering a paid speech at a conference hosted by the brokerage house CLSA, which has in the past heard keynotes from Bill Clinton and Al Gore. Rich Lowry recounts how the McCain...
  • No on Sotomayor: A Sound Stand on Principle

    08/08/2009 3:40:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 621+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 07, 2009 | The Editors
    The 31 Republican senators who voted against Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation deserve credit for standing firmly against a nominee who has an unsound judicial philosophy and who failed to testify candidly about it. Given the large Democratic majority in the Senate, Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation was a virtual certainty from the moment that President Obama nominated her. The easy path for Senate Republicans — the path they took in 1993 and 1994 on President Clinton’s nominations of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer — would have been to cave to that political reality and to jump on the Sotomayor bandwagon. Indeed,...
  • Anyone Remember Miguel Estrada, The Wise Latino Male?

    07/16/2009 6:24:05 PM PDT · by Copernicus · 3 replies · 320+ views
    JohnJacobH RKBA Commentary ^ | 07/15/09 | JohnJacobH RKBA Commentary
    Seems like the Hispanic community has had previous brushes with fame and fortune at the top of the Federal Government Food Chain. The problem: their diversity extended uncomfortably beyond what the Bolshevik Elite thought proper and politically correct. So he was summarily destroyed, never to reappear.
  • Miguel A. Estrada: Honduras' non-coup

    07/10/2009 11:19:07 AM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 915+ views
    LA Times ^ | July 10, 2009 | Miguel A. Estrada
    Under the country's Constitution, the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya was legal. Honduras, the tiny Central American nation, had a change of leaders on June 28. The country's military arrested President Manuel Zelaya -- in his pajamas, he says -- and put him on a plane bound for Costa Rica. A new president, Roberto Micheletti, was appointed. Led by Cuba and Venezuela (Sudan and North Korea were not immediately available), the international community swiftly condemned this "coup." Something clearly has gone awry with the rule of law in Honduras -- but it is not necessarily what you think. Begin with...
  • When the Dems derailed a Latino Nominee

    06/03/2009 5:37:02 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 12 replies · 743+ views
    jewishworldreview.com ^ | June 1, 2009 | Byron York
    Unless something entirely unforeseen happens, confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor will be a lovefest for the Democrats who run the Senate Judiciary Committee. There will be much talk about Sotomayor's historic opportunity to become the first Hispanic on the Court, about her inspiring background, and about the sterling qualifications she would bring to the job. Sotomayor will have the majority party strongly on her side, and odds are things will end happily for her. For some Republicans, however, it will be hard to avoid thinking back a few years, to a confirmation hearing that didn't end happily...
  • Republicans Begin to Find Voice on Racial Aspects of Sotomayor Nomination

    05/31/2009 2:51:39 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 28 replies · 1,027+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5/31/09
    Republican senators are starting to figure out how they will navigate the racial aspects of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court, showing Sunday that they won't be tongue-tied when it comes to the politically tricky subject. Sotomayor would be the first Hispanic on the high court if confirmed, and just the third woman, and Republicans don't want to appear insensitive to this historic significance during summer hearings. Guarding against any criticism of racial insensitivity, Republican senators on Sunday tried to turn the table on Democrats. They repeatedly invoked the case of Miguel Estrada, President George W. Bush's 2001...
  • When Democrats Derailed A Hispanic Nominee

    05/30/2009 10:12:25 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 3 replies · 412+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 05/29/2009 | Byron York
    Unless something entirely unforeseen happens, confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor will be a lovefest for the Democrats who run the Senate Judiciary Committee. There will be much talk about Sotomayor's historic opportunity to become the first Hispanic on the Court, about her inspiring background, and about the sterling qualifications she would bring to the job. Sotomayor will have the majority party strongly on her side, and odds are things will end happily for her.
  • When Democrats derailed a GOP Latino nominee

    05/29/2009 1:42:28 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 10 replies · 1,034+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 29, 2009 | Byron York
    Estrada's nomination for a federal judgeship set off alarm bells among Democrats. There is a group of left-leaning organizations -- People for the American Way, NARAL, the Alliance for Justice, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the NAACP, and others -- that work closely with Senate Democrats to promote Democratic judicial nominations and kill Republican ones. They were particularly concerned about Estrada. In November, 2001, representatives of those groups met with Democratic Senate staff. One of those staffers then wrote a memo to Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin, informing Durbin that the groups wanted to stall Bush nominees, particularly three they...
  • ‘Narrative’ Meant Nuthin When Nominees Weren’t Liberals

    05/27/2009 5:34:17 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 4 replies · 597+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Between now and the final confirmation vote, how many times will we hear of Sonia Sotomayor’s “moving personal narrative”? But as Pat Buchanan, Joe Scarborough and Ann Coulter pointed out this morning, touching personal tales meant nada to Dems when the minority judicial nominee wasn’t a liberal. Clarence Thomas and Miguel Estrada each had moving stories of their own. But that didn’t stop the Dems from savaging the former and filibustering the latter when Republican presidents nominated them to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, respectively. View videos of Coulter and Morning Joe here.
  • 'He Is Latino' Why Dems borked Estrada, in their own words.

    05/26/2009 1:31:51 PM PDT · by KRyanJames · 13 replies · 917+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 15 Nov 2003 | Wall Street Journal
    November 7, 2001/To: Senator Durbin"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."
  • Sotomayor's Radical Legal Group Helped Kill the Estrada Nomination

    05/26/2009 2:40:32 PM PDT · by vadum · 89 replies · 6,842+ views
    American Spectator ^ | May 26, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    <p>President Obama's radical new nominee to replace Associate Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, used to serve on the board of LatinoJustice PRLDEF (White House backgrounder), one of the racial grievance groups that helped to sink the judicial nomination of Honduran-born Miguel Estrada in 2003.</p>
  • FLASHBACK: 'He Is Latino' (Why Dems ***ked Estrada, in Their Own Words)

    05/26/2009 7:49:38 AM PDT · by kristinn · 16 replies · 1,886+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Saturday, November 15, 2003
    SNIP This plunge into the murky deep comes from staff strategy memos we've obtained from the days when Democrats ran the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2001-02. Or, rather, appeared to run the committee. Their real bosses are the liberal interest groups that more or less tell the Senators when to sit, speak and roll over--and which Bush judges to confirm or not. Here are some excerpts: November 6, 2001/To: Senator Dick Durbin "You are scheduled to meet with leaders of several civil rights organizations to discuss their serious concerns with the judicial nomination process. The leaders will likely include: Ralph...
  • Supreme Court rules against abortion clinics (protests cannot be banned using extortion laws)--2006

    12/09/2007 1:12:11 PM PST · by Coleus · 16 replies · 313+ views
    msnbc ^ | Tues., Feb. 28, 2006
    A 20-year-old legal fight over protests outside abortion clinics ended Tuesday with the Supreme Court ruling that federal extortion and racketeering laws cannot be used against demonstrators. The 8-0 decision was a setback for abortion clinics that were buoyed when the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals kept their case alive two years ago despite the high court’s 2003 ruling that had cleared the way for lifting a nationwide injunction on anti-abortion leader Joseph Scheidler and others. Anti-abortion groups appealed to the justices after the lower court sought to determine whether the injunction could be supported by findings that protesters...
  • Flashback '03: A Wake-Up Call - We failed Miguel Estrada

    01/22/2006 4:39:22 PM PST · by new yorker 77 · 4 replies · 515+ views
    opinionjournal.com ^ | September 5, 2003 | Virginia Thomas, wife of Justice Clarence Thomas
    Not only is this a sad day for Miguel and Laurie Estrada, but we have all let something unfortunate occur in Washington. We allowed the U.S. Senate to erect a "glass ceiling" in our courts--you can do all the right things in America, but if you do not agree with Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, you need not apply as a federal judge. This is the message that Democrats hope minorities, in particular, get from their victory as they succeeded in repelling a talented man, who happens to be Hispanic, from public service. For the hard left, Miguel Estrada was...
  • Supreme Court choices out the wazoo

    09/27/2005 4:56:01 PM PDT · by DallasMike · 13 replies · 883+ views
    Stingray blog ^ | 09/27/2005 | Michael McCullough
    The Supreme Court buzz earlier today was all about Alberto Gonzales (a trial balloon that I think failed badly once again), then Miguel Estrada, then Karen Williams. Now there's an AP story out that adds pretty much every attorney in the United States. Estrada was burned during the hearings and has little stomach for the process -- he was twice nominated and twice filibustered. He's a stealth candidate who is rumored to be pro-life. Estrada allegedly told associates of the National Organization of Women (NOW) at a luncheon in 1994 that he believes abortion to be murder -- but are we really...
  • WSJ Book Review: How the Judges Are Judged - "The Borking Rebellion" by Jeffrey Lord

    08/30/2005 6:55:52 AM PDT · by OESY · 3 replies · 489+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 30, 2005 | QUIN HILLYER
    ...Mr. Lord is at pains to note that, although Judge Smith is less known than other judicial nominees who have come under "borking" assault -- think of William Pryor, Miguel Estrada, Janice Rogers Brown and Charles Pickering -- his experience offers a kind of template of abuse: Activist groups unearth whatever harmful details they can find, no matter how dubious; they gin them up into screaming charges; the charges in turn get picked up by reporters, eager to keep pace with a potential "controversy," and by politicians, eager to find any stick with which to beat a "dangerous" nominee from...
  • Not "Borking", but "Estradification" - (legal minds say unreasonable to demand internal memos)

    07/22/2005 12:39:40 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 629+ views
    VOLOKH.COM ^ | JULY 22, 2005 | Todd Zywicki
    "Estradification": In the spirit of confirmation battles spawning a new lexicon (e.g., "Borking") the Washington Times reports today [http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20050721-115711-9900r.htm] on what some Republicans are calling "Estradification"--requiring the Justice Department to turn over internal legal memoranda written by Roberts while he worked in the SG's office. The refusal by the White House to surrender these sorts of documents was the basis for the Estrada filibuster (hence the name) as well as the current Bolton stalemate. Regardless of the merits of the request, it seems highly unlikely that the White House will surrender these documents. The tone of the article suggests that...
  • Sinister Strategies-The Left's plan to block judicial nominees

    07/05/2005 9:05:26 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 41 replies · 1,350+ views
    National Review ^ | 07/05/05 | Mark R. Levin
    July 05, 2005, Sinister Strategies The Left's plan to block judicial nominees. All weekend we heard from the likes of Ralph Neas (People for the American Way), Nan Aron (Alliance for Justice), and other leaders of a left-wing coalition insisting that President Bush nominate a "mainstream conservative" to the Supreme Court, or that he unite the nation with a "pragmatist" or "moderate" in the character of Sandra Day O'Connor. This is real chutzpah. These are the same people and groups that have conspired to undermine President Bush's judicial appointments for over four years, and now seek to derail any nominee...
  • Replace Justice O'Connor, But Which One?

    07/04/2005 10:46:32 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 33 replies · 1,346+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 8 July 2005 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Two Sandra Day O'Connors have served as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court. It makes a world of difference which one President Bush chooses to replace. First, we look at the late O'Connor, the one who is retiring. The L.A. Times asserted this week that O'Connor “alone was in the majority of every one of the court’s 13 5-4 decisions this last term.” There are two tiny problems with this assertion. There were 24 such decisions this Term. And, Justices Souter and Scalia were in the majority in them more often than Justice O’Connor. See SCOTUSBlog for the facts....
  • Black-listing conservatives, then and now

    04/26/2005 6:11:26 AM PDT · by Catholic and Conservative · 152+ views
    Among his most vocal opponents was none other than Chief Justice Earl Warren. According to RFK, Warren responded to the Hastie proposal with marked rejection: "He's not a liberal, and he'll be opposed to all the measures that we are interested in, and he just would be completely unsatisfactory." Warren's "liberal" peer, Justice William Douglas, told Kennedy that Hastie would be "just one more vote for Frankfurter." Thus, two Supreme Court "liberals" (and an array of Kennedy Administration officials suspicious of Judge Hastie's political leanings) spiked the ascent of the would-be first black Justice.
  • Miguel Estrada's wife died on Sunday

    11/29/2004 9:48:06 PM PST · by ConservativeGadfly · 93 replies · 9,803+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 30, 2004 | Obituaries
    Laury Gordon Estrada ESTRADA, LAURY GORDON Of Alexandria, VA, passed away unexpectedly on November 28, 2004. She was 46. She is survived by her loving mother, Ruby Gordon; and her devoted husband, Miguel Estrada. She also leaves behind her three loving dogs, Zeus, Ruby and Jackson and her chestnut mare, Lily, all of whom she loved deeply. Laury worked for many years as an Attorney in various positions in the Department of Justice, including the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering section, the Office of Legislative Affairs and the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. She was...
  • For the Record, by Arlen Specter: "I never 'warned' the president about anything."

    11/10/2004 6:18:58 AM PST · by OESY · 40 replies · 1,238+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 10, 2004 | ARLEN SPECTER
    To resolve any concern that I would block pro-life judicial nominees, take a look at my record. I have consistently opposed any litmus test. I have backed that up by voting to confirm pro-life nominees including Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Justice Anthony Kennedy. I led the fight to confirm Justice Clarence Thomas, which almost cost me my Senate seat in 1992. I have voted for all of President Bush's judicial nominees in committee and on the floor. The current controversy was artificially created by incorrect reporting. I never "warned" the president on...
  • Renominate Miguel Estrada

    11/04/2004 7:14:27 PM PST · by GoldwaterAvenger · 35 replies · 791+ views
    Mr. Leahy’s unprecedented stonewalling of judges (49 of Mr. Bush’s nominees are still pending) fed the public perception that today’s Democrats deal from the bottom of the deck. Special credit goes to liberal lobbyist Ralph Neas, whose tireless slander of qualified judges helped boost GOP turnout in Texas, Georgia and Missouri. The Bush nominees should put Mr. Neas on their Christmas list.
  • Leader exclusive: Did Durbin leak classified info? (Long but interesting)

    02/09/2004 6:30:20 PM PST · by Lawgvr1955 · 27 replies · 237+ views
    Illinois Leader ^ | February 9, 2004 | Jill Stanek
    Frist aide says feds may have Durbin in crosshairs Due to pressure following his release of condemning memos about Circuit Court nominee Miguel Estrada, written by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin's Judiciary Committee staff, Manuel Miranda resigned his post Friday on U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's staff. WASHINGTON DC -- U.S. Senate staffer Manuel Miranda, who resigned Friday under pressure after U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) launched an investigation into the source of the leak of condemning memos written by his staffers, revealed today Durbin himself may be under investigation for leaking classfied information. Last autumn, memos written by Democrat...
  • In Praise of Bigotry

    12/09/2003 1:53:47 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 16 replies · 222+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic from BB's website ^ | 9 December 2003 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    No, I’m not in favor of bigotry itself. That attitude, wherever it is found, is a cancer on the American body politic. But I am in favor of the recapture of the word “bigotry” from those who hold it hostage, and its frequent and vigorous application wherever it is earned. Ask most people what bigotry means, and the dominant answer will be that it is “discrimination against blacks (and other people of color) by whites.” A few will give a broader and better answer, that it is “discrimination against people of different races or religions than yours.” That’s better, but...
  • Estrada Redux: Free Janice Rogers Brown (By Star Parker)

    11/19/2003 5:42:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 156+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 19, 2003 | Star Parker
    As things now appear, President Bush's latest nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Janice Rogers Brown, will meet the same fate as Miguel Estrada, the president's last nominee for this court, who was forced to withdraw his name in September. By preventing a floor vote on Estrada through filibuster, the Democrats made confirmation of Estrada impossible, and we can expect them to do the same to Rogers. What is going on here is sad and ironic and it is particularly instructive to examine the racial politics involved. The lives of Janice Rogers Brown and Miguel...
  • [Zell] Miller likens judicial obstruction to lynching

    11/13/2003 3:09:57 PM PST · by sdk7x7 · 6 replies · 126+ views
    Miller likens judicial obstruction to lynching By Klaus Marre Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.) compared the blocking of one of President Bush's judicial nominees, African-American Janice Rogers Brown, to a lynching. After the early dramatics at the beginning of the 30-hour reverse filibuster on President Bush's judicial nominees quickly fizzled, the debate turned out to be high on rhetoric and name-calling but it revealed little that had not been said before. However, as most senators and C-SPAN viewers had turned in for the night, the debate rapidly turned interesting at 2 a.m. when the schedule of speakers, either by luck of...
  • Up All Night: Bill Frist gets serious about judges (FR mentioned!)

    11/13/2003 11:56:02 AM PST · by Qwinn · 102 replies · 365+ views
    Townhall ^ | 11/13/2003 | Andrew Grossman
    This morning, we know for sure: the Senate Republicans are serious about President Bush’s judicial nominees. There had been some question. Up until 6 PM last night, all the Majority Leader Bill Frist and his staff had to offer was talk. We heard from the Senator’s senior advisor that Frist had an “itchy trigger finger” to get something done about the nominees being filibustered by his Democrat colleagues. Months ago, they told us to “get ready for hardball.” Even before that, it was “Anything is possible, nothing is off the table.” And so when Frist’s staff told us last week,...
  • All Judges, All Night Long

    11/12/2003 5:44:18 AM PST · by OESY · 13 replies · 183+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 12, 2003 | Editorial
    <p>We hope 100 men and women in Washington got a good sleep last night because they aren't likely to catch a lot of ZZZs tonight or tomorrow. They'll be participants in the Senate GOP's plan to stage a 30-hour talkathon on the Democrats' unprecedented filibuster of President Bush's judicial nominees.</p>
  • GOP hopes for filibuster backlash

    11/03/2003 6:20:05 PM PST · by afuturegovernor · 10 replies · 184+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Novemer 3, 2003 | Charles Hurt
    <p>The governor's election in Mississippi tomorrow will be the Republicans' first major opportunity to test how much voters care that Democrats are filibustering some of President Bush's judicial nominations.</p> <p>If the issue sticks, Republicans are ready with blocked nominees — several representing the Democratic Party's most crucial constituencies — to use as the faces of what they call "Democratic obstruction" in next year's presidential and senatorial elections.</p>
  • GOP sees ‘obstruction’ of Bush nominees as 2004 campaign issue

    10/05/2003 6:11:30 PM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 8 replies · 217+ views
    TheHill.com ^ | Sunday October 05, 2003 | Sarita Chourey
    Republicans are planning to make the president’s judicial nominees and what they view as Democrats' obstructionism a campaign cornerstone in the South. They claim the judicial impasse in the Senate became a campaign issue last cycle and helped Sens. Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Jim Talent (Mo.), and Norm Coleman (Minn.) to victory. Democrats maintain they are exercising the traditional advise and consent privilege of the Senate. Manuel Miranda, a counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), said Republican gains stemming from voter outrage over the Democrats’ filibusters “was enormous in the last election, but it will be amplified tenfold this...
  • The Filibuster Party

    09/15/2003 6:19:12 AM PDT · by bedolido · 8 replies · 220+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 09/15/03 | Terry Eastland
    THE DEMOCRATS have gone where no party ever has: It has become the party whose senators routinely filibuster nominations to the circuit courts of appeals. The obvious intention is to make it harder to confirm a nominee. Indeed, where a simple majority always has sufficed for Senate approval, 60 votes now are necessary, since that is the number of votes needed to break a filibuster and permit an up-or-down vote. Senate Democrats have filibustered three circuit court nominees and promise to block votes on several more. But not until last week did a filibustered nominee finally give up when Miguel...
  • Democrats thumb noses at Latinos

    09/11/2003 2:46:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies · 285+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | August 10, 2003 | Vernadette Ramirez Broyles
    Latinos across America have received a congressional slap in the face. Having been nominated for the prestigious D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals more than 2 1/2 years ago, Honduran-born Miguel Estrada has recognized where his kind is not wanted. He has withdrawn his nomination. And he withdraws without ever having received an up or down vote before the Senate -- the target of an unprecedented Democrat filibuster. The fact that Senate Democrats would give such back-handed treatment to a man of Estrada's character and achievements screams loud and clear how they really feel about the Hispanic community and our ideals....
  • The Borking of Miguel Estrada

    09/08/2003 9:18:37 PM PDT · by kattracks · 15 replies · 239+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 9/09/03 | Paul Greenberg
    Congratulations to my two U.S. senators, Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor of Arkansas. And to Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy. And to the whole, solid block of Democrats in the U.S. Senate.You must be very proud. All of you played a key role in blocking the nomination of Miguel Estrada to the federal judiciary. Month after month after month. For more than two years. Until finally he gave up and withdrew his name from consideration.
  • *After Action Report* Protest at People for the American Way.

    09/08/2003 7:16:32 PM PDT · by Trueblackman · 74 replies · 1,125+ views
    Project21 ^ | 08 September 2003 | Trueblackman
    The following is a after action report from the combined Project21/Coalition for a Fair Judiciary protest held at the headquarters of People for the American Way. We(10 of us)arrrived at the headquarters for People for the American Way at 10 am this morning and after a short speech by me summing the racist treatment of Miguel Estrada by Senate Democrats and how they have violated their oath to the Constitution of the United States. As we protested I noticed that 2 field workers for the PFWA were taking pictures and working the cellphones after about 15 minutes of protesting and...
  • A Message To The Repubican National Senatorial Committee

    09/07/2003 6:27:46 AM PDT · by T Lady · 3 replies · 149+ views
    Self ^ | 09/07/2003 | Self
    Dear RNSC, As a fellow Republican and American, I am extremely disappointed in your performance concerning the nomination of Miguel Estrada. It is an outrage that you allowed the hard Left Democrats in the Senate to dictate the entire process. PLEASE, for the sake of our nation, do not allow this to happen to the President's remaining nominees. Grow a spine and stop the fillerbustering!
  • NOMINEE NIGHTMARE - A WAKE UP CALL (by Mrs. Clarence Thomas)

    09/05/2003 5:50:56 AM PDT · by Elkiejg · 43 replies · 487+ views
    WSJ ^ | 9/5/03 | Virginia Thomas
    <p>We failed Miguel Estrada and allowed Senate Democrats to erect a glass ceiling.</p> <p>Not only is this a sad day for Miguel and Laurie Estrada, but we have all let something unfortunate occur in Washington. We allowed the U.S. Senate to erect a "glass ceiling" in our courts--you can do all the right things in America, but if you do not agree with Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, you need not apply as a federal judge. This is the message that Democrats hope minorities, in particular, get from their victory as they succeeded in repelling a talented man, who happens to be Hispanic, from public service. For the hard left, Miguel Estrada was not qualified to be a federal judge because he would not march to their drumbeat.</p>
  • We shall march on People for the(UN)American Way(We will not go away quietly)

    09/05/2003 5:38:40 AM PDT · by Trueblackman · 55 replies · 237+ views
    Coalition for a Fair Judiciary ^ | 05 September 2003 | Trueblackman
    Project 21 and the Coalition for a Fair Judiciary will hold a rally in front of the offices for People for the American Way, located at 2000 M Street, NW in Washington DC on Monday, September 8th at 10:00 AM EST to protest the appalling and unfair treatment of Miguel Estrada during his nomination to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Miguel Estrada was the first Hispanic nominated to the DC Circuit Court and was rated unanimously well qualified by the American Bar Association. Members of the coalition will meet at 9:30 am at Longfellow and Witherspoon Parks located at...
  • Black Hispanic Activists to protest treatment of Bush Judicial Nominees

    09/05/2003 3:18:13 PM PDT · by Trueblackman · 43 replies · 461+ views
    Project21 ^ | 05 September 2003 | trueblackman
    Black, Hispanic Activists to Protest Treatment of Bush Judicial Nominees Liberal Activist Group Cited as Key Player in ³Political Hate Crime² Against Hispanic Candidate For Immediate Release: September 5, 2003 Contact: David Almasi at (202) 371-1400 x106 Members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 will join the Coalition for a Fair Judiciary, Hispanic activists and others in front of the Washington, D.C. offices of People for the American Way at 10:00 am on Monday, September 8, 2003 to protest the group¹s leading role in an ongoing campaign that is denying President George W. Bush of his constitutional right to...
  • A Wake-Up Call - We failed Miguel Estrada and allowed Senate Democrats to erect a glass ceiling.

    09/05/2003 5:35:12 AM PDT · by steveegg · 56 replies · 290+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/5/2003 | Virginia Thomas
    <p>Not only is this a sad day for Miguel and Laurie Estrada, but we have all let something unfortunate occur in Washington. We allowed the U.S. Senate to erect a "glass ceiling" in our courts--you can do all the right things in America, but if you do not agree with Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, you need not apply as a federal judge. This is the message that Democrats hope minorities, in particular, get from their victory as they succeeded in repelling a talented man, who happens to be Hispanic, from public service. For the hard left, Miguel Estrada was not qualified to be a federal judge because he would not march to their drumbeat.</p>
  • Democratic Racism - The real reason behind the borking of Miguel Estrada

    09/05/2003 12:03:02 PM PDT · by gubamyster · 22 replies · 340+ views
    NRO ^ | September 5, 2003 | Robert Alt
    September 5, 2003, 1:00 p.m. By Robert Alt On Thursday, Miguel Estrada asked President Bush to withdraw his nomination as the first Hispanic on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Estrada's nomination had been held up for well over two years. Despite impeccable credentials and a bipartisan majority supporting his confirmation, 45 Democratic senators persisted in a filibuster through seven attempts at cloture. Given his record, why did these Democrats block Estrada's nomination? Put simply, because he is a Hispanic who broke from the party fold. Despite their inevitable protesting to the contrary, it is clear that Ted Kennedy's gang...
  • Hatch to Stalled Judicial Nominees: 'Hang In'

    09/05/2003 11:22:13 AM PDT · by Brian S · 119 replies · 312+ views
    Reuters ^ | 09-05-03
    Fri September 5, 2003 02:05 PM ET By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said on Friday he does not expect other stalled judicial nominees to follow Miguel Estrada's lead and drop their confirmation bids, but "we are always concerned." "I've basically told them, 'Hang in there. We'll do our best to get you through,"' Hatch, a Utah Republican, told Reuters. "Let the process work." Estrada got fed up with the process. After waiting more than two years for a Senate confirmation vote, Estrada asked President Bush on Thursday to withdraw his nomination to the...
  • Gutless Republicans

    09/05/2003 9:28:21 AM PDT · by F_Cohen · 24 replies · 177+ views
    Toogood Reports ^ | Weekender, September 07 | Bob Ellis
    Gutless Republicans By Bob Ellis Weekender, September 07 ToogoodReports.com Miguel Estrada, President Bush's eminently qualified judicial nominee for the federal bench, withdrew from consideration for the post of U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit after spending 28 months being stonewalled by petulant Democrats. Mr. Estrada has incidentally received the highest possible rating from the Left- leaning American Bar Association (ABA). Estrada has also argued 15 cases before the Supreme Court. Yet Senate Democrats just couldn't be sure whether or not he was some drooling, Hitler-clone who might disregard the Consitution in favor of his personal political...
  • Victory for a Smear

    09/04/2003 9:54:28 PM PDT · by Sparta · 17 replies · 191+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 5, 2003 | Editorial
    "AVICTORY FOR the Constitution, for the nation's judicial system and for the American people," crowed Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) of the decision by Miguel A. Estrada to withdraw as President Bush's nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit