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Senate Panel OKs Liu On Party Line Vote

From an elated New York Times:

Disputed Judicial Nominee Advances on Party-Line Vote


May 13, 2010

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved the nomination of Goodwin Liu to be a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, sending him to the full Senate for consideration after a party-line vote of 12 Democrats in favor to 7 Republicans opposed.

And yet we are regularly told there is not a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties.

Mr. Liu, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, has drawn more Republican opposition than President Obama’s other appeals court nominees because he has been open in expressing strongly liberal political views, like support for affirmative action and same-sex marriage.

Conservatives also dislike Mr. Liu because he strongly criticized President George W. Bush’s Supreme Court appointees, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., as being too conservative. And they fear that Mr. Obama might later seek to elevate Mr. Liu, 39, to the Supreme Court, which has never had an Asian-American justice

For the sake of argument, let’s say that Ms. Elena Kagan is not a firebrand radical liberal that some feared Mr. Obama would nominate. (Though, probably she is.) Mr. Obama is getting a more radical judiciary using the path of least resistance.

For it cannot be denied that Mr. Obama is putting firebrand liberals like Goodwin Liu on the Courts Of Appeal and other federal benches. (The briefest Google search should convince any objective reader to his radical left bona fides.)

And, it could be argued, that radical liberal judges can be even more effective on lower courts than at the Supreme Court since they rule on a lot more cases than the Supreme Court ever does.

Of course, Mr. Liu himself is double trouble. Since, as the New York Times article notes, he is thought to be near the front of the line for a seat on the Supreme Court.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 14th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Senate Panel OKs Liu On Party Line Vote”

  1. BigOil says:

    Barry is draining the marshes of leftist academia scum into the federal judiciary.

    Republicans should filibuster this Berkeley communist just like the democrats did to Miguel Estrada. They set the precedent – use their own tactics against them.

  2. proreason says:

    Liu reminds me of the truther that Fox had on a couple of times about a year ago. He was Junior College Teacher.

    In a way, he was very impressive.

    No matter what anybody said to him. he calmly denied it, and repeated his lunatic theories and “proofs” in a very calm and reasonable voice. It was kind of like “oh, eating babies is ok because science has demonstrated that they are one of the best sources of protein in the world, particularly their brains”.

    Finally the interviewer would get frustrated and say “don’t you know that 90% of the country thinks you are a nut”. The guy would would then calmly reply “But you are the nuts. I’ve presented all the facts, but I can’t turn you into a logical person.”.

    On second thought, it’s not just Liu.

    Obamy, Al Toad, the Witch, Drooling Barney…..they all remind me of the Truther guy.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    “And, it could be argued, that radical liberal judges can be even more effective on lower courts than at the Supreme Court since they rule on a lot more cases than the Supreme Court ever does.”

    Steve, as always you are so right.

    Not saying Liu should be shuffled through anymore than Kagan, but he will be right at home in the 9th Circuit, which is already hopelessly compromised. For most of my life they’ve been one of the solid cornerstones of Liberal judicial activism. Everything from upholding the insane arguments of environmentalists in the California Delta Smelt case to placing injunctions on the State Government to prevent them from making cuts to MediCal.

    Anyway, cities and states don’t become dark blue because they pass a bad law – it happens because when we try and fight the bad law it too often becomes a pointless and useless excersize. So we leave.

    The Tea Parties are finally the answer to this though. Thank God for that.

  4. 4USA says:

    It’s impossible to imagine our country being any more divided. I don’t agree with the left on hardly anything and they don’t agree with me. Why don’t we separate, peacefully, before things get out of hand? There is no reason to be hateful to one another, let’s just agree to disagree and split?

    • Petronius says:

      The Supreme Court is a small, intimate, collegial body. The Circuit Courts with their three-judge panels are much the same.

      To function smoothly, the justices need to be congenial and reasonably compatible. They need to fit together, like peas and carrots. They need to get along well with each other, because they must work together on a daily basis.

      With the addition of Sonia “the shredder” Sotomayor, and now Elena “boots” Kagan, the ability of the Court to function as a collegial body becomes increasingly problematic.

      But Prof. Liu is a different kettle of fish. He is sui generis, as they say in the legal profession. He has insulted Roberts and Alito in the vilest terms possible. Inserting a total-bat-freak Anglophobe like Liu into the High Court could be potentially explosive. A step beyond the pale. Like bringing Lemaricus Davidson to the Mayflower Debutante Ball.

      It may in fact become difficult in the future to find any Republican nominees who would be willing to sit on the same court with this creep. However, I for one would welcome the opportunity. I can set aside political differences and extend the hand of comradeship to a fellow justice.

      I’ve spent some time in courtrooms. And I can get along. I’m well known in my circles as a sensible man of moderation. Amiable, good-humored, harmonious. Full of sweetness and light. Just ask any of my former cellmates.

      Anyway, I’m available to take my place on the bench. Friendly, collegial, and eager to help. Just send me in, coach. Give me the nod. Heh-heh-heh.

  5. David says:

    And they fear that Mr. Obama might later seek to elevate Mr. Liu, 39, to the Supreme Court, which has never had an Asian-American justice.

    What possible other meaning could this sentence have than Republicans fear an asian supreme court judge. This journalist should be fired for either an inability to write in English or libel.
    Of course it will never happen at the NYT but I still think it needs to be said each and every time one of the journalists abuses the English language to veil their bile.

  6. JohnMG says:

    This turd is only 39 years old and spent the bulk of those years in school. As my deceased father might be heard to say, “He ain’t quit sh!ttin’ yellow yet!”

    This is another method Obama has of flipping us all off. Remember his call to “get in their faces”? It’s his way of leading the charge.

    Well, I think our response to this nominee should be a resounding “Bork Liu, Obama”!

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