Like Clarence Thomas, but without the porn fixation
Alberto Gonzales (the Chico to Bush’s Man) took time out from his busy schedule helping Bush shred the Constitution to pen a plea for the Senate Judiciary Committe to please, please, please approve Miguel Estrada , who has been compared to Clarence Thomas by Rick Santorum (R-Unintentially ironic), to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Mr Estrada says:
His extraordinary intellect, experience, integrity and support normally would mean a swift Senate confirmation — particularly given the historic nature of the nomination. But some Senate Democrats have deemed Estrada controversial and are apparently threatening to block his confirmation. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) stated last April: “From my perusal of the record, [Estrada] is way out of the mainstream.”
But then he says:
I do not know what record Schumer could have been referring to. Estrada has not been the author of controversial opinions or articles, nor has he spoken out on divisive issues. He is not a politician or an interest-group leader who has sought to make policy. What he has done is serve, in a variety of public and private capacities, as a brilliant and careful lawyer devoted to the courts and the law.
Hmmmmmm. That’s odd. Why would Schumer say that? Could he be out of line? Oh wait. From an article by Neil Lewis in the New York Times:
Still, Senate Democrats have requested copies of Mr. Estrada’s internal memorandums when he was an assistant solicitor general, from 1992 to 1997.
The White House has refused to supply them and has pointed to a letter from several former solicitors general, Democrats and Republicans, saying that complying with the request would inhibit lawyers from giving candid advice.
This, of course, was brought to you by….Alberto Gonzales.