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May 19, 2011

Congratulations, Team GOP: Nomination of Radical Goodwin Liu Blocked

Just thought I'd pop in to celebrate the successful filibuster of Obama's pick for the Ninth Circuit, a guy so far out in left field even Democrats were saying they'd vote no if it came to a confirmation vote.

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.

Of Republicans, only Lina Muzakski voted for cloture. The rest of the team hung together, even Lindsay Graham, who never met a cloture vote he didn't like. Oddly, Orin Hatch voted "present." One Democrat, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, crossed the line to vote against cloture. Under the press' usual rules, that makes this the bi-partisan rejection of an out-of-touch President, doesn't it?

Oh, and these DOOM-and-WOE posts from the MBM are rather nice. Politico wails, "Some Democrats fear the blocked nomination will set a new precedent." Politico apparently slept through the presidency of Bush 43. And here's WaPo's Plumline blog complaining that this was just about "petty revenge" for Professor Liu's ill-considered attempt to kill then-Judge Alito's nomination.


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