The Estrada Gambit
I don’t know Mr. Estrada, and prefer not to gamble with SCOTUS appointees when there are plenty of solid judges out there like Luttig, McConnell, Jones, Garza and Owens.
But if ConfirmThem is correct and Miguel Estrada is the nominee, the Democrats face a horrible prospect of a nationally televised mugging of an immigrant success story who has a background very similar to John Roberts’. When you have to begin every statement with a denial of anti-Latino bias, you are losing not just the nomination battle, but an electoral demographics war.
Within a few minutes, I was online visiting Web sites I had never heard of before: Free Republic, Little Green Footballs, Power Line. They were hard-core, politically angry, hyperconservative sites loaded with vitriol about Dan Rather and CBS. Our work was being compared to that of Jayson Blair, the discredited New York Times reporter who had fabricated and plagiarized stories.
All these Web sites had extensive write-ups on the documents: on typeface, font style, and peripheral spacing, material that seemed to spring up overnight. It was phenomenal. It had taken our analysts hours of careful work to make comparisons. It seemed that these analysts or commentators—or whatever they were—were coming up with long treatises in minutes. They were all linking to one another, creating an echo chamber of outraged agreement.
I was told that the first posting claiming the documents were fakes had gone up on Free Republic before our broadcast was even off the air! How had the Web site even gotten copies of the documents? We hadn’t put them online until later. That first entry, posted by a longtime Republican political activist lawyer who used the name ‘Buckhead,’