It's my understanding that Estrada's credentials are quite impressive compared with those judges currently sitting on the Court of Appeals now
. It also seems that the Democrats want Estrada to hand over documents/papers from when he clerked, during both the Bush and
Clinton administrations. That is an unprecedented request. His confirmation hearing went just as well as any other. From Yahoo News:
White House counsel Alberto Gonzales, in a letter Wednesday, told senators that the administration would not release the documents and that Justice normally does not release such documents. All of the living former solicitors general, four Democrats and three Republicans, have agreed with the White House's position, he said.
"That is a fundamental principle that has been followed irrespective of the party that controls the White House and the Senate," Gonzales said.
In addition, the National Council of La Rasa is neutral, and the League of United Latin American Citizens and the Hispanic National Bar Association fully endorse Estrada.
So whazzup with this crap they are pulling? Do the Democrats really want to go on record as blocking the first Hispanic to the US Court of Appeals?