Goodwin Liu Nomination Goes Down In Flames

Morgen,of Verum Serum,  who took a leading role in opposing Liu’s nomination to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, reports the good news:

Defeat, finally, for Goodwin Liu’s nomination to a seat on the Ninth Circuit. The vote to end debate on Liu’s nomination just failed, 52-43. In somewhat of a surprise, and in what can only be called a resounding rebuke to the White House, Murkowski seems to be the only Republican who voted against the filibuster. And Ben Nelson even crossed over to vote against Liu!

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To the pathetic members of the liberal media spinning this as “petty revenge” for Liu’s opposition to Roberts and Alito, or arguing inanely that Liu was a threat only because he was “too qualified”…suck it.

Read the whole thing – little bit of a victory dance going on over there .

Now, why couldn’t this have happened with Elena Kagan?

Here’s a rundown from LifeNews on what we just dodged:

Pro-life advocates opposed the nomination, with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council saying, “Administrations come and go, but federal judges last a lifetime. And with the nomination of Goodwin Liu, that’s exactly what the Senate should be worried about.”

“After three tries, the man who said constitutionalism is “nice in theory” will finally get a vote. Liu’s confirmation would be the ultimate achievement for a White House that’s made it their goal to put a permanent, liberal stamp on the court,” Perkins added. “For a man who’s just 39, Liu has managed to rack up quite a resume of radicalism. In fact, his nomination is so controversial that 42 of California’s 58 county district attorneys warned the Senate not to consider him.”

As a law professor at Berkeley, Liu has spent the last few years lecturing about his disdain for the U.S. Constitution. “‘…[S]trict construction,’” he wrote in the Stanford Law Review, “[doesn’t] make a lot of sense.

Meanwhile, Curt Levey, executive director of the conservative Committee for Justice, called Liu “the worst of Obama’s nominees at all levels of the federal courts.”

Obama picked Liu for the open federal appeals court seat a year ago, but Republican filibusters kept him from receiving approval in the full Senate — forcing Obama to renominate Liu this January. With Democrats controlling fewer seats now, at 53, they are seven short of the 60 votes needed to stop a filibuster assuming no Democrats peel off and side with Republicans, which may not be the case for some moderates or those facing tough election battles in 2012.

Liu is a liberal abortion supporter who conservative legal guru Ed Whelan observed was so left-wing that former “White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel initially vetoed” his candidacy for the Ninth Circuit “on the ground that Liu’s left-wing record made him too controversial.” But Whelan says new White House counsel Robert Bauer “eager to please the Left, successfully pushed back.”

More from Gabe at AoSHQ: Congratulations, Team GOP: Nomination of Radical Goodwin Liu Blocked:

I wrote about the reparations-loving Liu over a year ago and I’m glad to see his nomination finally die.

Liu was nominated by Obama in 2010 and again in 2011for a seat on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate Judiciary Committee had approved him by a vote of 10-8. Had Liu been confirmed by the Senate, many expect that he would have eventually been promoted to the Supreme Court.As Harry Reid noted of Goodwin Liu after meeting with him, “The court of appeals is where law is made, and we need the finest minds in the world for that.”

Note: Reid, the idiot, seems unaware that Congress is where law is made.

Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, thanks!

Previously:

Obama’s Race Obsessed Nominee for the Ninth Circuit, Goodwin Liu

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Video: “Waivers”

Hot stuff from a group called, “*Crossroads GPS”:

The video highlights that more than 185 Obamacare waivers have been granted to politically-connected unions, which helped elect Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. These unions supported Obama and other democrats with more than $120 million in the 2008 and 2010 elections.

*Crossroads GPS is a policy and grassroots advocacy organization that is committed to educating, equipping and mobilizing millions of American citizens to take action on the critical economic and legislative issues that will shape our nation’s future in the years ahead.

Michelle Malkin has been doing an ace job covering the ObamaCare waiver scandal on her blog, this week. I’m just gonna point you her way:

Waiver-mania: Now, nursing homes lobby for Obamacare pardon; Update: San Francisco’s escape hatch

Waive Me

Waivers for favors: Who applied, who was denied, and why?

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, thanks!

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Tucson Superintendent Capitulates in Radical La Raza Curriculum Battle

Tucson Superintendent, John Pedicone

This is one of those posts I just want to skip, because the story is just  so depressing and pathetic. We are talking complete capitulation, here.

In case you’re not familiar with what’s been going on in the Tucson school district, where the school board has been considering changing the radical, anti-American, Raza (ethnic) Studies course to an elective (it should be removed, entirely), you can get caught up at Moonbattracker – I’ve been covering the story there for weeks:

Video: Shocking Excerpts Read at Tucson School Board Meeting From A Book In The Ethic Studies Curriculum

At the end of this video, you get to witness Pedicone telling the woman reading the excerpts from the course to the school board, to stop reading the offensive and profane language because kids are present. Now, he’s giving the greenlight for the district to continue teaching the course that contains this offensive and profane language….to kids.

You cannot make this stuff up.

Video: More On The Tucson La Raza Studies Course – (It’s Even Worse Than You Thought)

Reconquistador Mob Shuts Down Tucson School Board Meeting

La Raza Protesters Mob AZ Attorney General

Today, The Blaze reports:

Superintendent John Pedicone told local station KOLD-TV that he sent a letter to UNIDOS — the radical student group opposing the change — and the Mexican American Studies Community Advisory Board saying he has now advised the TUSD governing board to “table and not consider the resolution to make Mexican American Studies an elective.” (Quote is not Pedicone’s, but rather KOLD’s.)

Also contained in at least one of the letters is a promise that he won’t recommend charges against those who were arrested during the rowdy protests.

“We simply have to kind of bring that level of anxiety down to where we can begin to talk reasonably about this program, which we, which I think the district has said from the very beginning it supports,” Pedicone told KOLD. He later added: “I can’t speak for individual board members or others, but from my perspective it’s more important to bring the tone to a level where we can have a conversation and begin to have levels of understanding for the sake of the district.  That’s really my responsibility.”

In the letters, Pedicone told both groups that he is recommending the board refrain from voting on the plan until the State Department of Public Instruction rules whether the Mexican-American studies program is illegal.

“The intensity of the discussion has reached a point where it makes it difficult to consider any resolution at this time,” he writes in a letter to the Mexican-American Studies advisory board. “The deep-seated feelings surrounding this program, either as a result of a strong affiliation to its purpose or, in other cases, a rejection of the premise for its inclusion has created a counter-productive atmosphere that must be changed.”

He concludes the letter by asking the board to “please accept my apologies for my role in the situation.”

You can read the rest of the report, and see a copy of the letter at The Blaze.