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Thursday, February 13, 2003

The smoke is getting thicker in Iraq and Democrat senators are blowing smoke about the confirmation of Miguel Estrada to the D.C. Court of Appeals.

So Estrada isn't answering questions, eh?

Note to Democrats: You have to ASK some questions.

The first and ONLY scheduled hearing for Miguel Estrada was September 26, 2002 (one year and four months after being nominated). Only two Democrats - and the Honorable Charles Schumer was not among them - even bothered to send Mr. Estrada follow-up questions after that hearing.

The Senate Judiciary Committee maintains a listing of all hearing notices, sometimes with testimony and member remarks, on its website.

This notion of demanding Estrada's writing while working for the Solicitor General's office is completely unprecedented and opposed by previous Solictors General going back nearly 30 years.

The truth is that Estrada answered every question put to him, but the Democrats couldn't find anything to twist and distort. If they were so concerned about his supposed lack of answers, they were free to write all the follow-ups they wanted. They did not do so.

If Democrat senators claim Estrada is answering their questions, it is because they aren't asking.

On the issue of Estrada having "no judicial experience":

From a statement by Orrin Hatch:

But surely, we should not expect to hear it suggested today that Mr. Estrada does not have enough judicial experience. Only 3 of the 18 Democrat appointed judges on the D.C Circuit Court had any prior judicial experience before their nominations. These include Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Abner Mikva. Likewise, judicial luminaries such as Louis Brandeis and Byron White had no judicial experience before being nominated to the Supreme Court. And Thurgood Marshall, the first African American on the Supreme Court, had no judicial experience before he was nominated to the Second Circuit

From a letter to Sen. Feinstein written by White House Counsel Alberto Gonzalez:

First, it appears you relied on the fact that Estrada has no previous judicial service. But five of the eight judges currently serving on the D.C. Circuit had no previous judicial experience when appointed. That includes two of President Clinton's nominees, Merrick Garland, whose Justice Department record was quite similar to that of Miguel Estrada, and David Tatel. In addition, Judge Harry Edwards had no prior judicial experience when he was nominated by President Carter in 1979, and he was younger than Estrada. In addition, several Ninth Circuit judges from California who were appointed by President Clinton, and had your support, had no prior judicial experience. That includes Judge William Fletcher, Judge Raymond Fisher, and Judge Marsha Berzon.

Today's smoking gun:

UN Security Council Resolution 687:

[I]raq shall unconditionally accept the destruction, removal, or rendering harmless, under international supervision...all ballistic missiles with a range greater than 150 kilometers, and related major parts and repair and production facilities.

From the UK Times Online l
THE chief United Nations weapons inspector will report tomorrow that Iraq has been developing a ballistic missile that is in clear violation of UN restrictions.

A panel of independent experts ruled that the Iraqi missiles could fly beyond the permitted 150km range and Dr Blix will declare the al-Samoud 2 missile a proscribed programme.

"Today's report confirms that, despite White House scare tactics, Social Security remains sound for decades to come.."

-? Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) upon hearing reports that the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds will go bankrupt even earlier than predicted.

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