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December 22, 2010

Awful Obama Judicial Nominee Goodwin "Maybe We Need To Think About Reparations" Liu Will Not Be Confirmed

For a refresher on Goodwin Liu's extreme theories on race check out this post and his effort to cover them up.

Senator Jeff Sessions was not a fan.

Consider Goodwin Liu, the University of California at Berkeley professor whom the president nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Liu has argued that judges should treat the Constitution as an infinitely flexible document to be interpreted through nebulous "social understandings" and the consideration of foreign law. This activist philosophy led Liu to conclude that the Constitution provides a right to government health care and welfare -- a remarkable view of a document designed to curb the excess of federal power.

The American people overwhelmingly disagree with this approach to judging. So the president is playing a rhetorical game, accusing the court's conservative, or traditional, justices of being the real activists: harboring a secret bias for big businesses. It is an absurd suggestion.

Well, Liu's nomination was held up by Republicans in the Senate and he was left out of a deal that allowed a number of other nominees to go forward.

A Cal law school dean's nomination to a federal appeals court appears to be dead, at least for now, under a deal struck between U.S. Senate Democrats and Republicans to break a year-end judicial confirmation logjam.

Officials familiar with the deal said Democrats agreed not to seek votes on the nominations of Goodwin Liu, associate dean at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, and three others, while Republicans agreed to confirm at least 19 of President Barack Obama's noncontroversial nominees.

Liu's nomination dies when the Senate adjourns sine die (probably later today). Obama can however renominate Liu and the others in January. With 6 more Republicans coming in January (and some fine conservatives among them), I don't think the outcome will be any difference in the end.

No doubt some awful people go through but that's the nature of being in the minority, sometimes the best you can do is prevent the worst of the worst. Liu is certainly that.


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