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    Senate GOP Marks a First - Blocking an Obama Judicial Nominee

    Democrats needed 60 votes to move the nomination forward to final passage. Senate Republicans on Thursday toppled the nomination, 52-43, of controversial University of California-Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu, nominee for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a first in President Barack Obama's presidency

    In the end, only one Republican voted for the nominee, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Nebraska's Ben Nelson was the lone Democrat to oppose Liu. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a former chairman of the Judiciary Committee, chose to vote "present," a sign of his long-time opposition to judicial nominee filibusters. Democrats needed 60 votes to move the nomination to final passage.

    GOP Leader Mitch McConnell said the nominee's writings "reveal a left-wing ideologue who views the role of a judge not as that of an impartial arbiter, but as someone who views the bench as a position of power." And though the Kentucky senator said he has "nothing against (Liu) personally, "Earning a lifetime appointment isn't a right, nor is it a popularity contest."

    But Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., decried the filibuster, arguing that right-wing judicial nominees had received an up or down vote when Republicans were in power. "I listened to the speeches....I sometimes wonder who everyone's talking about," Leahy said. "No question, his intellect and qualifications, he should be treated with respect and admiration, not maligned."

    Leahy also cited Liu's Taiwanese immigrant heritage as a reason for confirmation, noting, "There are no Asian-Pacific Americans on the bench."



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    Now, I'm generally against filibustering any judicial nominee, this however was a rare case of one far out there political hack with no business being nominated. Also, what's up with racist Leahy eh? Who cares what his skin color is? Is he qualified and can he do the job? Nope, that didn't matter, his skin color did. FOR SHAME SENATOR!
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    Re: Senate GOP Marks a First - Blocking an Obama Judicial Nominee

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Now, I'm generally against filibustering any judicial nominee, this however was a rare case of one far out there political hack with no business being nominated. Also, what's up with racist Leahy eh? Who cares what his skin color is? Is he qualified and can he do the job? Nope, that didn't matter, his skin color did. FOR SHAME SENATOR!
    this is indeed a shame. he is certainly qualified. too bad he doesn't like alito.

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    Re: Senate GOP Marks a First - Blocking an Obama Judicial Nominee

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    this is indeed a shame. he is certainly qualified. too bad he doesn't like alito.
    He wasn't qualified at all, have your read the mans stance on how judges should behave?

    Seriously Liblady, this guy was a nutjob, through and through.
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    Re: Senate GOP Marks a First - Blocking an Obama Judicial Nominee

    For a preview of the pitfalls facing President Obama if he nominates a liberal to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, yesterday's hearing for Goodwin Liu is instructive. As a nominee to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the 39-year-old Berkeley law school professor is a prototype for those who believe the Constitution should be read to reflect what he has called the "evolving norms and social understandings of our country."

    If Mr. Liu's judicial philosophy wouldn't be familiar to the Framers, it is de rigueur in the elite colleges and law schools from which he hails. Speaking of the nomination of now Chief Justice John Roberts, Mr. Liu opined that words like "'free enterprise,' 'private ownership of property,' and 'limited government'" are "code words for an ideological agenda hostile to environmental, workplace, and consumer protections."
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    Mr. Obama once suggested that he would seek judicial nominees who used empathy in judging the cases that came before their courts, a sentiment Mr. Liu echoed yesterday. "Law affects people's lives. It's not just a bunch of words on paper" or cases in a book, he said. And while a judge should not be biased, he should decide cases based on an "appreciation of what's at stake in a particular case."

    Of course that's right, but the real test of a judge is to decide cases based on the law, not on political ideology or human sympathies. Professor Liu sounds like a man with a political legal agenda.
    Berkeley's Judge Goodwin Liu - WSJ.com

    The guy was a political hack, and no business even being thought of for the bench.
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    Re: Senate GOP Marks a First - Blocking an Obama Judicial Nominee

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Now, I'm generally against filibustering any judicial nominee, this however was a rare case of one far out there political hack with no business being nominated.
    Ehh, that's what the out-party says about EVERY judicial nominee they don't like and want to filibuster. I'm not a big fan of filibusters in general...judicial or otherwise. The purpose of a filibuster was supposed to be to allow all senators to present their viewpoint, rather than to obstruct the business of the Senate. Our government would function a lot better if filibusters were removed entirely and/or if there was a certain time limit attached to them.
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    Re: Senate GOP Marks a First - Blocking an Obama Judicial Nominee

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Ehh, that's what the out-party says about EVERY judicial nominee they don't like and want to filibuster. I'm not a big fan of filibusters in general...judicial or otherwise. The purpose of a filibuster was supposed to be to allow all senators to present their viewpoint, rather than to obstruct the business of the Senate. Our government would function a lot better if filibusters were removed entirely and/or if there was a certain time limit attached to them.
    They do, and seeing as this is the first time in Obama's administration, and considering this Liu gentleman is a political hack weenie, I approve.
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    Re: Senate GOP Marks a First - Blocking an Obama Judicial Nominee

    God Bless America.........

    ....no more liberal activist judges.
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    Re: Senate GOP Marks a First - Blocking an Obama Judicial Nominee

    Finally showing some backbone. The 9th circuit is already the most liberal appeals court.

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    Re: Senate GOP Marks a First - Blocking an Obama Judicial Nominee

    So much for the "up or down" vote rhetoric of the GOP. Proving themselves the hypocrites that they are.
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    Re: Senate GOP Marks a First - Blocking an Obama Judicial Nominee

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    So much for the "up or down" vote rhetoric of the GOP. Proving themselves the hypocrites that they are.
    Democrats held a fillibuster-proof majority of the Senate. If they really didn't like fillibustering Republican nominees, they would have gotten rid of the rule then.

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