February 28, 2003


A New Move on Estrada: The White House challenges Democrats to put up or shut up. (Byron York, February 28, 2003, National Review)
In perhaps its most forceful effort yet to break the stalemate over the appeals-court nomination of Miguel Estrada, the White House has now invited every member of the Senate who has doubts about Estrada's legal views to submit written questions to Estrada by the close of business Friday. In a letter delivered Thursday to all 100 senators, White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales said Estrada will respond by next Tuesday.

"He would answer the questions forthrightly, appropriately, and in a manner consistent with the traditional practice and obligations of judicial nominees, as he has before," Gonzales wrote.

Gonzales also renewed a White House offer to set up personal meetings between Estrada and any senator who wants to have a one-on-one talk. "We continue to believe that such meetings could be very useful to senators who wish to learn more about Mr. Estrada's record and character," Gonzales wrote.

Finally, Gonzales asked that Democrats with questions about Estrada's work "immediately ask in writing for the views of the Solicitors General, United States Attorney, and judges for whom Mr. Estrada worked and ask them to respond by Tuesday, March 4." Gonzales specifically named appeals-court judge Amalya Kearse, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, former United States Attorney Otto Obermaier, and former Solicitors General Ken Starr, Drew Days, Walter Dellinger, and Seth Waxman.

The last three names - Days, Dellinger, and Waxman - are particularly significant. All were high-ranking appointees of President Clinton, and their inclusion on the list suggests that the White House is confident they will not voice any objections to Estrada.

Mr. Gonzales was on Fox Sunday last week and was compelling. They should get him out in front of the public on this. Posted by Orrin Judd at February 28, 2003 8:08 PM


Is this a great administration or what?

Posted by: genecis at March 1, 2003 1:37 PM

There was a great item in The Corner the other day that siad if the Estrada nomination somehow doesn't go through, he should run against Chuckie Schumer for the NY Senate seat. I'd rather see him on the USSC but as backup plans go, it's not so bad.

Posted by: MarkD at March 2, 2003 2:04 PM