to charges of flip-flopping on her support for Miguel Estrada, Senator
Landrieu issued the following response. Since it is written in
political weasel speech, we have taken the liberty of interspersing
I am not a member of the Senate Judiciary, I do not make decisions
on how I will vote on federal Judge candidates until they have been
referred by the Committee to the full Senate."
is typical political posture for dodging commitment for as long
the campaign the national republican party ran ads on Hispanic radio
stations in Louisiana making the charge that I was opposed to Mr.
Estrada, which like many things the Washington crowd claimed was
response, my campaign ran an ad that was intended to convey only
that I did not oppose his nomination, instead it read as if I had
already decided to support him."
that's what your ad read and said.
some of my supporters in the Hispanic community who helped us produce
this commercial misinterpreted my neutrality as a statement of support."
what you wanted was a commercial expressing neutrality? Those horrible
Republicans were saying terrible things about you, and you asked
for a commercial to announce your neutrality? In the history of
political campaigns, we have never heard or seen a commercial expressing
take personal responsibility for the error and I apologize to anyone
who was mislead (sic) by these ads, which ran for less than 2 weeks
on one radio station in New Orleans."
much else you can say, is there? It was your commercial, produced
and aired by your campaign committee. For political commercials,
two weeks is a fairly long run.
have supported all but one of President Bush's judicial nominees,
however, Mr. Estrada has refused to answer even the most basic legal
questions put before him by the Judiciary Committee and I cannot
at this time vote for him and set a precedent that it is OK to refuse
to answer questions."
but one of President Bush's judicial nominees appreciate your invaluable
support and are just delighted they got your support when you thought
it was politically expedient, before you were re-elected. If you
(or, sorry, your staff) bothered to read the transcript of Mr. Estrada's
seven-and-a-half hour hearing, you would know that he answered all
of the questions even the "most basic legal" ones
posed to him. Not giving pro-litmus test Senators the answers they
want to hear is not refusing to answer questions.
he changes course and answers the important questions put before
him, I may reconsider."
you often do.
this time however I am supporting the filibuster."
you are! And by doing so, you're lying to your constituents for
what amounted to the ultimate political gain re-election.
Your constituents voted against obstructionism last November. Now
you have joined a small handful of your colleagues in leading it.
February 13, 2003]