By The Hill Staff - 03/23/05 12:00 AM EST
Manuel Miranda, who formerly handled strategy on judicial nominations for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), has written his full account of the Memogate controversy that cost him his job in the newest volume of the Texas Review of Law & Politics, a conservative law journal.
In it, Miranda harshly criticizes former Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) for his handling of the controversy and even offers a mild rebuke of Frist, a rare instance of former leadership staff commenting publicly on a former boss.
“The Republican surrender in Memogate is due almost entirely to Hatch’s personality and his desire to protect his reputation,” Miranda writes.
Of Frist, Miranda writes that he was “greatly harmed politically” because his failure to maintain Republican solidarity when faced from the attacks of Judiciary Committee Democrats lowered his esteem among the socially conservative base.