The Left is in an uproar that Manuel Miranda is one of those on the Right leading the charge against Sonia Sotomayor’s SCOTUS nomination. They have resurrected the scandal that cost him his old job as a Senate staffer.
There’s a bit more to Manuel Miranda than that, however. Miranda, as longtime Congressional insiders will recall, was the GOP Senate staffer who was nailed in 2004 for hacking into the computers of Senate Dems and downloading thousands of documents relating to the strategies of Dem Senators on judicial nominations.
Miranda’s scheme — widely referred to as “Memogate” — was a big deal. A Senate probe found that many of the swiped files had been systematically downloaded “from folders belonging to Democratic staff,” with some leaked to friendly reporters. Miranda resigned, and a Washington Post editorial denounced his “political spying operation” that indicated “how low the nominations process has sunk.”
Now let’s be honest here – what Miranda did in this case was not hacking. Files were left on a publicly accessible server open to all staffers on the committee, and he accessed them. While one can certainly question the ethics of those actions (and I’d argue they were a mighty dark gray, ethically speaking), let’s not forget what information he uncovered – information that the Obama knee-pad brigade in the media are loathe to bring up – including evidence that the Democrats sought to keep Miguel Estrada from being confirmed as a judge because he was Hispanic. In other words, a Hispanic whistleblower who disclosed actual racism deployed against a well-qualified Hispanic judicial nominee is being attacked by the Left for having acted to disclose that unAmerican activity on the part of racist Senate Democrats
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