Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Goodwin Liu Guilty of Audacity

Goodwin Liu has been nominated for the 9th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals for over a year...let me explain, the Republican members of the Senate have held up Liu's nomination so long that President Barack Obama had to re-nominate him. That's right. Republicans wouldn't even allow a vote on Liu. So this is his second go around through the unruly process, but why is Goodwin Liu's nomination such a big deal to Republicans?

Because he has audacity and this sort of thing is not supposed to come from a "model minority" such as Liu. A Yale Law School graduate. Rhodes Scholar. Constitutional Law Scholar. Bad Ass. That's Goodwin Liu. Normally this thing would be okay with Republicans except Liu doesn't play by their rules. You see, only good, conservatives boys who believe corporations are people get to have audacity (they try to remind Obama of that everyday) and Liu tells it like it is and not in the flipping off while peering down my goggle glasses conservative sort of way.

Talking Points Memo:

The real reason Republicans are opposing him is his age and career prospects, they argue. If given the perch of the Ninth Circuit, at 40, Liu could start building up a record on the bench and eventually become the first Asian-American nominee to the Supreme Court.

Asian-American advocates, and prominent legal scholars, including former Whitewater counsel Kenneth Starr, a Republican have championed Liu since he was first nominated in early 2010. But Republicans have blocked him at every turn, arguing that he has not been forthcoming to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the content of his speeches and writings. Some Republicans also are still seething over his written testimony against Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito in 2006.

"Judge Alito's record envisions an America where police may shoot and kill an unarmed boy to stop him from running away with a stolen purse ... where a black man may be sentenced to death by an all-white jury for killing a white man," Liu wrote. "I humbly submit that this is not the America we know. Nor is it the America we aspire to be."

The testimony was "vicious, emotionally and racially charged, very intemperate, and to me it calls into question your ability to approach and characterize people's positions in a fair and judicious way," Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) said last year.

Alito if you need reminding is this asshat:

I think we can gauge this "in a fair and judicious way." Goodwin Liu was correct in his assessment of Alito and the reason Republicans oppose Liu's nomination is because he would be the kind of judge they fawn over if only he was on their side.

As I see it, this is why you should support Goodwin Liu, he's a top-notch nominee:

Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the current and former ranking members of the Judiciary Committee, released a strongly worded "alert" Wednesday arguing against the confirmation.

If confirmed by the Senate, Liu "would advance his progressive philosophy for years to come, doing incalculable damage to the constitutional system of limited government and federalism envisioned by our founding fathers," the senators said in the statement.

By "progressive philosophy" they mean he supports that pesky thing called affirmative action (minorities stealing jobs and shit), teh gay ruining opposite marriage, he believes women are not trophies nor baby containers, torture is torture and that zapping people as punishment is death porn (okay I said that, but he does argue against the death penalty).

No matter how this pans out, we should put in the utmost effort to get Goodwin Liu on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The health of our nation is dependent upon maintaining a balance in our court system. Liu would be a much needed counter.

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*bolding by me

Update: The Republicans filibustered Goodwin Liu because Democrats hurt their feelings and didn't send them a Christmas card (it was a Holiday card) or something. Republicans have been blocking Obama judicial nominees at a historic rate, chalk up this to another childish move. The 9th Circuit has a 40% Asian-population, and is grossly underrepresented. The minority outreach of the GOP continues on! (insert Nixon playing piano and exiting stage right here)

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