Miranda writes account of Memogate

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 HatchOrrin Grant HatchKoch groups: Don't renew expired tax breaks in government funding bill Hatch tweets link to 'invisible' glasses after getting spotted removing pair that wasn't there DHS giving ‘active defense’ cyber tools to private sector, secretary says MORE (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.

Alexander Bolton