Make no mistake. The Democrats are targeting judicial conservatives, in particular people with pro-life views. And in particular women and minorities. The advancement of such people to the federal appellate courts represents an unacceptable political setback and threat to the Left. Miguel Estrada is one such distinguished nominee that the Democrats have already defeated with their hyper-partisan attacks.
Here is the description, in the Democrats' own words, as to why Miguel Estrada was "too extreme":
We must not forget. I will not.
In the 2001 memo to Mr. Durbin, the [Democrat] staffer explained the concerns that the outside groups had about Mr. Estrada.
"They also identified Miguel Estrada (D.C. Circuit) as especially dangerous because he had a minimal paper trail, he is Latino, and the White House seems to be grooming him for a Supreme Court appointment," the aide wrote.