February 1, 2005


The right person for U.S. attorney general: OUR OPINION: CONFIRM ALBERTO GONZALES AS AMERICA'S LAWYER (Miami Herald, 2/01/05)

In nominating Alberto H. Gonzales to be the next attorney general, President Bush is going back to a familiar source. This is the fifth time that Mr. Bush has asked Mr. Gonzales to serve in some capacity, including as his presidential counsel, and in Texas as chief advisor to then-Gov. Bush and as Texas secretary of state. Mr. Gonzales will be a fine replacement for outgoing Attorney General John Ashcroft, and we hope senators from both parties set aside their differences to confirm his nomination.

Last month, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned Mr. Gonzales closely about his advice to the president on U.S. detention policies at Guantánamo and about legal memos that seem to sanction torture at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. Committee members then voted 10-8, strictly along party lines, to send the nomination to the full Senate. [...]

Mr. Gonzales is a good man and a smart lawyer. He has a long and impressive record of public service, including as a justice on the Texas Supreme Court. Mr. Gonzales comes from humble beginnings, and by intelligence and hard work has distinguished himself as a lawyer, law professor, judge and public servant. He is one of eight children who grew up in a two-room house in Houston.

Despite the tough questioning at the Judiciary hearings, Mr. Gonzales is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate. As an example of the best of our society, he deserves support from both sides of the aisle.

There's what a paper that serves a large Latino population is saying to its readers. On the other hand, the Democrats feel the Divine Wind at their backs...

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 1, 2005 8:40 AM

This is interesting because the Miami Herald is the organ of anti-Hispanic, particularly anti-Cuban, Anglophones in the Miami area.

Posted by: Bart at February 1, 2005 11:02 AM

What does Bart mean by the above comment? I think he means that the Herald is anti-Cuban because Cubans are identified with conservatives and the GOP. I think the Herald certainly prefers left-wing Hispanics to conservative Whites. Question: does Gonzalez qualify as a left-wing Hispanic because of his connections to the National Council of La Raza and his support for racial and ethnic preferences?

Posted by: seelow heights at February 1, 2005 11:25 AM

No paper opposes its readers and advertisers.

Posted by: oj at February 1, 2005 12:19 PM

Is the Japanese word for Divine Wind "Kamakazie?"

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 1, 2005 5:22 PM

CANF has warmer feelings about Castro than about The Herald. There have been more than a few advertiser boycotts over the years. Most Hispanics in Miami read Spanish-language papers.

Posted by: Bart at February 1, 2005 5:34 PM

Yes, the Dems are especially blessed with "Custer's Luck" these days.

Posted by: LUCIFEROUS at February 1, 2005 6:14 PM



Posted by: h-man at February 1, 2005 6:59 PM