Those Getting Ill from the War Discussions....Let's talk about Miquel Estrada

  1. So, someone explain to me why Tom Daschle is so hell bent on having the very first filibuster in the history of our nation over the very first Hispanic to be nominated to the US Court of Appeals.
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  3. by   passing thru
    I dunno. The worlds' wealthiest jerk, Rush Limbaugh, spent four hours this week on the topic.
  4. by   Q.
    Hmm. Probably because Rush is also wondering why Democrats want to block the appointment of the first Hispanic from one of the highest courts. And they want to block it so much, they are threatening a filibuster.
  5. by   passing thru
    He said they were going to read the telephone book to keep the topic open.
  6. by   Q.
    Really? My god. I'll have to turn on CSPAN if I get the chance to see if they are actually doing that.
  7. by   passing thru
    ha ha I've seen worse..during filibusters.

    NOW ...says he is Pro Abortion.
    He was a partner in the law firm -Bush buddy- law firm that defended/supported Bush during the vote count in Florida--Bush vs. Gore
    and a few other viewed as against minorities
    it is easy to find info about him...a long list of groups against him... NAACP, LULAC, NOW , CDR, and a couple dozen more...
    I don't think the fact his family immigrated here either legally or illegally (as hinted at) via Mexico, has anything to do with it. Or the fact that he is Hispanic.
    As I said , tons of information on the internet about him..we could all be experts in an hour. This position he is being nominated to is a lifetime job/ a lifetime deal.
    Is it a "reward" for service to Bush during the Florida fracas?
    Is it perceived that way? Lots of bigshots saying he has no experience to qualify him for a federal position. Something must be up...Democrats are always supported by Hispanics/and vice versa. Why would the Democrats turn on the FIRST ONE?
  8. by   Q.
    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?
    Last edit by Susy K on Feb 15, '03
  9. by   SharonH, RN
    Let's talk about Miguel Estrada. Hmmmm.....well what about him? He has never served as a judge and therefore has never issed a written opinion on any issue. Furthermore, he refuses to answer any questions about his feelings on key issues like civil rights issues and abortion. Why in the world should they confirm a guy like this?

    The fear is that he is a "stealth" right-wing idealogue and the fact that he was nominated by Bush makes him suspect. The fact that he is Hispanic is totally irrelevant. I guess that is why the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund, and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund oppose him.
  10. by   Q.
    I don't think the other judges on the US Court of Appeals served as judges either.

    I don't see any difference in Clinton nominating a Democratic/liberal leaning judge, and Bush nominating a conservative one, do you?
  11. by   passing thru
    Go to NRO National Review Online and read some of the articles...great credemtials, but not much meat they write.1/2 dozen articles on Miguel, and he is pro-life. I said pro abortion'd that get by you all? NOW - National Organization of Women wouldn't be opposing him if he was pro-abortion......ha ha ha.........
  12. by   passing thru
    PS..They are saying his Hispanic last name doesn't make him Hispanic. He isn't hispanic enough. One guy said if he threw on a serape and wore a sombrero, he still wouldn't be " Hispanic enough." He hasn't lived a "latino life." He simply has a Latin last name..
    They say he is also anti-gay, anti minority, anti---a lot ! check all these papers I mentioned..
  13. by   Q.
    What exactly is a "Latino life?"
    And for the love of Pete I can't find the biographies of the current judges sitting on the US Court of Appeals - DC District. Can anyone else please?
  14. by   SharonH, RN
    Originally posted by Susy K
    I don't think the other judges on the US Court of Appeals served as judges either.

    I don't see any difference in Clinton nominating a Democratic/liberal leaning judge, and Bush nominating a conservative one, do you?

    No difference, but it does answer your question about why the Dems are blocking the nomination, does it not?