Thursday, May 19, 2011

Goodwin Liu - Nominee 9th Circuit Court of Appeals - #2913 - GOP Senators Might Filibuster Obama's Most Controversial Judicial Nominee - Hot Air UPDATE: Republicans this afternoon successfully filibustered Liu's Nomination (2) The Biggest Nomination Fight of 2011- Redstate (3) Obama's Court Pick Nears Pivotal Vote - Wall Street Journal

PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATOR - THE VOTE IS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY:  Contact Information for U.S. Senate...... - In Virginia - Sen. Warner-202-224-2023, Sen. Webb - 202-224-4024.

Update: Republicans this afternoon successfully filibustered Liu’s nomination, defeating the motion to end debate. The motion needed 60 votes to pass, but received just 52 votes.

“This nominee was over the line,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said immediately after the vote on a conference call with bloggers. “It wasn’t even close. If I can’t believe a judge will be faithful to the Constitution, I’m not going to vote for him. … I do think [the filibuster] says to [the president] that Congress is not a rubber stamp. Most Republicans are more reluctant than Democrats to filibuster [but] this nominee did not need to be confirmed.”
The Senate votes today on whether to close debate on the controversial nomination of University of California-Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals — and GOP senators have indicated they just might block an Obama judicial nominee for the first time: Senior Republicans launched an all-out push to quash the nomination, urging their conference colleagues to support a GOP-led filibuster. “(Liu’s) record reflects a carefully honed and calculated philosophy that he developed and advanced over the course of his brief career in the ivory towers of academia and which threatens the American tradition of limited constitutional government,” Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa, top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, and senior panel member Jeff Sessions of Alabama, wrote in a letter, obtained by Fox, to their GOP colleagues Wednesday. In a most ominous sign, former GOP members of the so-called “Gang of 14,” who narrowly averted a judicial crisis back in 2005 that nearly shut down the Senate, are lining up against Liu, as well. Read more...... AW: I just called both Senators from Virginia: Senator Webb will vote for cloture, but against the nomination.  Senator Warner has not formed his position, and the vote will probably be today?

The Biggest Nomination Fight of 2011 - Redstate - “Unless there’s a surprise Supreme Court vacancy this year, this is the big fight of the year,” said Curt Levey, executive director of the conservative Committee for Justice. Levey and many other conservatives argue that Liu is an extraordinary circumstance. – David Ingram, Legal Times (5/17/11)  This excerpt summarizes the showdown that will occur today when Senate Democrats force a cloture vote on Ninth Circuit nominee Goodwin Liu, President Obama’s most radical judicial nominee and the man whom Obama would dearly like to make the first Asian-American Supreme Court justice. Liu’s left-wing agenda and outrageously activist view of the law makes this showdown a classic test of the bipartisan “extraordinary circumstances” standard for when judicial nominees can be filibustered. The standard originated in the 2005 Gang of 14 agreement.  Read more.......

Obama Court Pick Nears Pivotal Vote - Wall Street Journal - A Berkeley law professor's chance of joining a federal appeals court lay in the hands of seven Republican senators, as Democrats scheduled a Thursday vote to break the filibuster that has held up Goodwin Liu's appointment.  More than either of President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominees, Mr. Liu has emerged as the flashpoint of ideological warfare over the federal bench. Democrats describe Mr. Liu, a Rhodes Scholar and former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as a brilliant legal mind with a particular expertise in education law.  Republicans offer the opposite image, portraying Mr. Liu as a threat to "the American tradition of neutral judges and limited, constitutional government," as Sens. Charles Grassley (R., Iowa) and Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) said in a press release. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) "strongly opposes the nomination and will have more to say in a speech on the floor" Thursday, his spokesman said. Read more.....

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