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Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to recommend left-wing Berkeley Professor Goodwin Liu for a seat on the Ninth Circuit. Liu is a radical far outside of that thing the Democrats love to talk about: “the mainstream.” For Liu, the Constitution is a living, breathing creature that is probably storming the barricades in Wisconsin as we speak. His radical views — including the notion that welfare “rights” should be constitutionalized and that perfectly innocent people can be disadvantaged by affirmative action — are outlined in detail by the very diligent Ed Whelan here.
You may be thinking: a radical lefty on the Ninth Circuit? Coals to Newcastle! But this nomination matters. Liu is young and smart; if confirmed he’ll be shaping law for a long time and may well end up on the Supreme Court. Besides, Liu wrote and testified against the nominations of Justices Alito and Roberts on ideological grounds. Those who live by the sword….