Radical professor Liu's nomination in jeopardy

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This is a welcome turn of events. Three GOP senators not known for filibustering nominees have indicated they will attempt to block the nomination of Goodwin Liu to the 9th circuit court of appeals.

Legal Times:


Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.) and John McCain (Ariz.) said they plan to vote against ending debate on Liu's nomination. The vote is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday, and Liu needs 60 votes to advance to a final confirmation vote. A judicial nominee of President Barack Obama has never been successfully filibustered, but Liu may be the first.

In separate comments, the three senators all cited the same reason for opposing Liu: the law professor's 2006 testimony against the confirmation of Justice Samuel Alito Jr.

"When Mr. Liu came to the Judiciary Committee and said that, basically, Judge Alito's philosophy judicially takes us back to the Jim Crow Era, that to me showed an ideological superiority or disdain for conservative ideology that made him in my view an ideologue," Graham told reporters off the Senate floor.

Graham added: "Basically, Mr. Liu went after Alito's character and [said] that people with a judicial philosophy like Judge Alito's must want America to go backwards. Well, I sure don't want America to go backwards, so that's why I'm voting no."

Powerline has some additional reasons why Liu is singularly unqualified to serve as an appeals court judge, as well as some insight into Liu's bizarro worldview.



This is a welcome turn of events. Three GOP senators not known for filibustering nominees have indicated they will attempt to block the nomination of Goodwin Liu to the 9th circuit court of appeals.

Legal Times:


Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.) and John McCain (Ariz.) said they plan to vote against ending debate on Liu's nomination. The vote is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday, and Liu needs 60 votes to advance to a final confirmation vote. A judicial nominee of President Barack Obama has never been successfully filibustered, but Liu may be the first.

In separate comments, the three senators all cited the same reason for opposing Liu: the law professor's 2006 testimony against the confirmation of Justice Samuel Alito Jr.

"When Mr. Liu came to the Judiciary Committee and said that, basically, Judge Alito's philosophy judicially takes us back to the Jim Crow Era, that to me showed an ideological superiority or disdain for conservative ideology that made him in my view an ideologue," Graham told reporters off the Senate floor.

Graham added: "Basically, Mr. Liu went after Alito's character and [said] that people with a judicial philosophy like Judge Alito's must want America to go backwards. Well, I sure don't want America to go backwards, so that's why I'm voting no."

Powerline has some additional reasons why Liu is singularly unqualified to serve as an appeals court judge, as well as some insight into Liu's bizarro worldview.



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