Skip to comments.Congress keeps Liuís radical views off US bench
Posted on 05/20/2011 12:46:11 PM PDT by SmithL
Unions spent an estimated $200 million electing President Barack Obama and re-electing Democratic majorities in Congress in 2008. Union officials ought to be ecstatic with Obamas performance since then because he has delivered everything he promised the unions, and more.
Obamas largesse is all the more amazing when it is remembered that unions represent fewer than 7 percent of all private-sector workers. Fortunately for the country, Democrats in Congress dont always share Obamas loyalty to the union label.
Consider Thursdays cloture vote in the Senate on Obamas nomination of 39-year-old UC Berkeley School of Law professor Goodwin Liu to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
Liu is among the most radical leftists ever nominated for a federal court, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hoped to cut off Republican opposition to the nomination by calling the cloture vote. But Reid failed when the motion for cloture received only 52 votes of the 60 needed. Had the motion for cloture carried, Lius nomination would have been cleared for a final floor vote, although it was far from certain that he would have been confirmed.
What is certain is that Obama nominated a man whose views bring to mind the fiery socialist diatribes delivered by United Auto Workers hero Walter Reuther in 1937 when he returned from a couple of years of working in a proletarian communal factory in Gorky, an industrial city in Stalins Soviet Union.
Speaking in 2006 against President George W. Bushs nomination of John Roberts for chief justice, Liu dismissed free enterprise, private ownership of property, and limited government as nothing more than code words for an ideological agenda hostile to environmental, workplace, and consumer protections.
And, speaking of ideological agendas, Liu has made clear that he sees in Obamas election the opportunity to actually get our ideas and the progressive vision of the Constitution and of law and policy into practice.
Nominating Liu is of a piece with Obamas recess appointments of Craig Becker and Lafe Solomon to the National Labor Relations Board.
Becker is a former labor lawyer for the Service Employees International Union who has refused to recuse himself from multiple cases before the board in which he formerly represented the labor parties to the disputes.
Solomon has led NLRBs unprecedented attack on Boeing for building an airplane factory in South Carolina, a right-to-work state, instead of Washington, a forced-union state the first step in a campaign to intimidate corporate executives from doing business in any of the nations 22 right-to-work states.
Is he really blocked yet? The article read like all that’s happened is the ‘rats couldn’t block Republican opposition, which I understand to mean discussion. But it will still come to a vote won’t it?
I don’t think so. Four Dems defected (I guess they didn’t like him either) so there weren’t enough votes for them to shut down the GOP. Hence Liu’s out.
Is this saying that Liu was not confirmed?
It won’t come up for a vote.
FWIW, if Senator Frith had invoked the “Nuclear Option” back when the GOP ran the Senate, Liu would be confirmed by now.
America dodged a bullet with this one. We’ve already got too many lunatics in our so called courts.
It’s indicative of how far down the road to fascism we are that we’re so relieved to have blocked Liu from the bench. 50 years ago, he wouldn’t have gotten any consideration at all.
Big win against Communism on the bench.
This is a good thing. A VERY GOOD THING.
The House has nothing to say about this. God are the media stupid.
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