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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10 thoughts on “Goodwin Liu Nomination Goes Down In Flames

  1. But he is exactly what we can expect from the Obama regime, an attempt to load ANY and ALL Federal courts with far left loons such as this guy…

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  2. I am very happy that he was defeated and you are so right, it is too bad that we could not stop Kagan. If Elena Kagan does not remove herself from the healthcare cases, perhaps she should be impeached! There is enough evidence out now that shows that she had a hand in making decisions on it.

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  3. Why do you say Congress is where law is made, ND? The courts have been overturning established law and creating new law for decades.

    That’s where the term “activist judges” comes from!

    With any luck and some spine from the Repubs, maybe the entire liberal, activist judicial agenda of Duh-1 can be stopped until after the next election.

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  5. “Now, why couldn’t this have happened with Elena Kagan?”

    Because you can’t win ’em all. Still, every little bit helps.

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

    That’s the way it’s s’pozed to work. But sometimes Dingy Harry (and you can pronounce that “G” either way)is right. It’s the Supreme Court that gave us Roe v. Wade – for example. Other examples here, among them Kelo v. City of New London, which held that if the gummint wants it, the gummint gets it. That resulted in a lot of states telling the gummint where to go.

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  7. I am taking post-graduate courses at the U.C. California School of law in Berkeley this summer. Goodwin Lieu is an urban legend here in Berkeley. He is loved and adored by the uber left bearded ones at U.C. Law. He is super intelligent, highly socialble, and has a great smile. The young female Asian law students think he is really hot! What he is, is the most wild eyed super lefty this school has ever been associated with, but remember…….he is hot!!!!!! LOL

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