Senate Democrats are back to business as usual. They are blocking President Bush's nomination of a Hispanic man to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch has accused Democrats of "racial profiling" because they fear if the nominee, Miguel Estrada, is confirmed, he might be the president's first pick for a Supreme Court vacancy. They know, says Hatch, that Estrada is a conservative and that Hispanic groups might not like Senate Democrats opposing one of their own for the highest court.
In a statement, Hatch said, "Democrats on the Judiciary Committee seem to love minorities, as long as they are liberal."
That pretty well sums it up. It explains why the Congressional black caucus never admits a conservative, such as J.C. Watts, in its ranks. It's really the liberal black caucus. If you have an opinion on whether Senate Democrats should be allowed to keep a qualified candidate like Miguel Estrada off the bench, you'll want to write or phone your senator.