My regular readers know I have been dogging this fellow Liu what seems like forever, who is once again a candidate for the 9th circuit Court of Liberal Loonies out West. He was smacked down again even in the hail of approvals the Republicans handed out, in the waning days of the last Session of Congress.
My hunch is that Obama figures with the overturn of the Cloture rule, he will get this wacko in. Better yet, Obama has big plans for him to make it to the Supremes. So a real big heads up on this one.
President Barack Obama on Wednesday resubmitted a batch of federal judicial nominations that didn’t clear the Senate last year, including four that provoked strong objections from some Republican lawmakers.
The most controversial is Goodwin Liu,
Among the four is Goodwin Liu, a law school dean seen as a potential future Supreme Court pick, whose current nomination to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has sparked strong criticism from Republicans.
So a few questions ole Liu didn’t answer? Lets hop on this one.
Given that Liu is only 39 years old and has never been a judge, it could be that his most relevant experience for getting an appointment to one of the nation’s most important courts was his participation in Barack Obama’s “transition team.”
Of course, Liu’s cavalier flaunting of the Constitution’s plain meaning is a big plus for Obama as well.
Liu wants to “reinvigorate public dialogue about our commitments to mutual aid and distributive justice across a broad range of social goods” and then have the courts recognize “a fundamental right to education or housing or medical care…as an interpretation and consolidation of the values we have gradually internalized as a society.” In other words, the Constitution and its core American principles of limited government and liberty should be legislated away and then finally swept away by courts. Goodwin Liu’s desire to “construct, contest, and enact…distributive commitments in our public culture” is a view greatly to be feared in a judicial nominee.
Note to Mr. Liu: If he wants to enforce a “social citizenship tradition”, he might better try to become a judge in France or Sweden. Our Founders understood the principles in the Constitution as timeless restraints on government due to the inherent nature of people and power, and they would certainly object to a characterization of the document as providing “rights to government assistance.” A lifetime appointment.From Human Events
Can it get much worse?
Liu is a dean at the University of California law school at Berkeley Supporters and critics alike speak of him as a potential future selection for the Supreme Court by a Democratic president. He also could be the first Supreme Court nominee of Asian-American descent.
Republicans have attacked his nomination from the first.
At his committee confirmation hearing, Sessions Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., noted Liu’s criticism when Samuel Alito was nominated to the Supreme Court by Bush. At the time, Liu said Alito’s vision was an America “where police may shoot and kill an unarmed boy … where federal agents may point guns at ordinary citizens during a raid, even after no sign of resistance … where the FBI may install a camera where you sleep … where a black man may be sentenced to death by an all-white jury for killing a white man, absent … analysis showing discrimination.”
Kyl called those comments “vicious and emotionally and racially charged.”