He Said What??

Jan Crawford Greenburg captured one of the more egregious moments yesterday:

After he complained about the Democratic filibuster, Leahy tried to blame Republicans for failing to get him confirmed when they had a majority — and then tried to blame Estrada himself, for not answering questions because he may have been “distracted” by a high-paying job offer.

Greenburg then gets in a well deserved dig at the Republicans:

But Leahy is right to blame Republicans: If Majority Leader Bill Frist had shown real leadership, he would never have allowed a Democratic majority to achieve the first-ever filibusters of appeals court nominees. If Trent Lott had been majority leader, Estrada would have been confirmed. And odds are, it would be Miguel Estrada, not Sotomayor, who would be the first Hispanic Justice on the Supreme Court.

Ouch. Yes, the Republicans were not exactly exemplars of political courage or skill. But the real point Greenburg aptly makes here is that Leahy’s is blatantly misrepresenting the facts. But there is a lot of that going on at these hearings.