From this NY Times article on Bush’s judicial nominations (emphasis mine):
The Republicans brought Hispanic recording artists to perform in the Capitol last week to “demonstrate how the Estrada nomination resonates in the Hispanic community,” held a session on Tuesday devoted to the Senate’s role in confirming nominees, conducted a prayer session today and have presented numerous letters from President Bush and his counsel, Alberto R. Gonzales, deploring the situation.
Now it doesn’t say explicitly but the only way the prayer session fits into this paragraph is if its purpose was to help the Estrada nomination. Come on, now, a prayer session to get your nomination approved? Isn’t this along the lines of praying for your high school football team to win? How is it that a political party that tries to achieve its goals by prayer controls the White House and both houses of Congress? Unless… uh oh.
That said, bringing in Hispanic recording artists to perform is at least as ridiculous. Though no more so than the Democrats on the Senate floor reading out of phone books… our leaders, ladies and gentlemen.