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Schumer announced the deal without giving the White House the chance to announce it, a protocol no-no. “It’s the kind of glory hound behavior you have to accept in dealing with him,” says a White House legislative staffer.
But if the White House is upset about Schumer’s jumping the gun, they won’t say, in part because they believe they have caught Schumer in a double standard that undercuts his arguments about many Bush judicial nominees.
Dora Irizarry is a Republican nominated by the Bush White House to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She has been fully backed for the slot by Schumer, in part because she a New Yorker, and in part to annoy New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who beat Irizarry in a race for that office, and who has clashed with Schumer for — get this — Spitzer’s desire to be in the spotlight.
At any rate, Irizarry recently got her review from the ABA, and a majority of the ABA’s review committee found the judicial nominee “not qualified” for the federal bench. Still, Schumer is backing her.
“He can’t do it for long,” says a Democratic Senate Judiciary staffer. “Otherwise, how can he support a sub-par nominee while refusing to back qualified nominees?”
That’s exactly what the White House would like Schumer to have to explain.p> FORTNEY’S COMPLAINT br> House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas ‘s tearful mea culpa on the House floor Wednesday was forced upon him by Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert
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