Well guess what? Miranda is back with the same coalition but a new letter [PDF] with new demands - namely, that Senate Republicans carry out a filibuster against Sonia Sotomayor. But not one of those disgusting "partisan" filibusters that the Democrats used, but rather one of those glorioius and noble "traditional" filibusters that protects the Constitution.
Do I need to point out the irony in the fact that the group once known as the National Coalition to End Judicial Filibusters is now explicitly calling for the use of a judicial filibuster?
Yes, apparently you do. Because the GOP is nothing if not irony-challenged. And they have no shame. They see absolutely nothing wrong with campaigning against the judicial filibuster on all of the Sunday morning bobblehead shows and at Justice Sunday events when there’s a Republican president, then do a complete 180 when there’s a Democrat in the White House. And they’ll use a crook to carry their message and never think twice about it.
And what is it with these tarnished Republicans connected to Bill Frist? First we have Medicare-fraud king Rick Scott, now leading the charge against healthcare reform with dubious infomercials.
Manuel Miranda, for those who don’t recall, was forced to resign in 2004 as Frist’s top judiciary aide, after he hacked into Democratic computers.
More on Manuel from the memory hole here. He actually sued John Ashcroft in an attempt to quash the criminal investigation into his illegal hacking activity.
They do have some brass ones. Gotta hand it to 'em.