Radical Professor Gets Closer to Appellate Court

 

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….

There are 11 comments.

  1. tabula rasa Member

    Could we get John Yoo to hold him down and tickle him until he agrees to become an originalist?

    More seriously, having had occasion in my law practice to operate in jurisdications governed by the Ninth Circuit, I am constantly amazed at how out of touch its decisions are from traditions of mainsteam America.

    And Liu will make it worse. Another good reason why we need a Republican Senate. If the Dems can block a brilliant jurist like Robert Bork (among many others) we need to be in a position to block the Liu’s.

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    • April 8, 2011, at 3:36 AM PDT
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  2. Joe Escalante Contributor

    also another reason why we need to elect a President that will not entertain ideas of nominating this guy to the SCOTUS.

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    • April 8, 2011, at 3:49 AM PDT
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  3. Chris Johnson Inactive

    Well, that’s done and it’s out of committee. It should make for some interesting hearings. I think even my milquetoast Dem Senator might have to vote against him, (the other being Rubio), as he’s up for re-election in 2012 and Florida would not approve of Liu, if his record were made more public.

    Oh, to be sitting nearby when Sessions was questioning him!

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    • April 8, 2011, at 3:55 AM PDT
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  4. Frozen Chosen Inactive

    If this guy is so smart how come he’s a radical Leftist?

    Seriously, we need to stop calling people like Liu and Obama smart. Under what definition of smart would they fit?

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    • April 8, 2011, at 4:36 AM PDT
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  5. Matthew Gilley Inactive

    Not to mention that Liu will likely to force the Supreme Court to waste even more time cleaning up the Ninth Circuit’s messes.

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    • April 8, 2011, at 6:35 AM PDT
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  6. Songwriter Member
    tabula rasa

    Frozen Chosen: If this guy is so smart how come he’s a radical Leftist?

    Seriously, we need to stop calling people like Liu and Obama smart. Under what definition of smart would they fit? · Apr 7 at 4:36pm

    Maybe the right word for a Liu is “clever.” If you accept the “first principles” (as Adam says) under which he and others like him operate (government is good, the Constitution should keep up with the times, we’re smarter than our ancestors) then men like Liu are undoubtedly skilled in concocting language and arguments to justify the idiotic and culture-killing conclusions they reach. · Apr 7 at 7:28pm

    It’s time we stopped equating “intellectual” with “smart.” They ain’t the same thing.

    I still hold to the idea that intellectuals should have their pay based on the proven accuracy of their policies and ideas. In no time flat, the entire Left would be homeless.

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    • April 8, 2011, at 6:43 AM PDT
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  7. Adam Freedman Contributor
    Adam Freedman Post author
    Frozen Chosen: If this guy is so smart how come he’s a radical Leftist?

    Seriously, we need to stop calling people like Liu and Obama smart. Under what definition of smart would they fit? · Apr 7 at 4:36pm

    I do think that Liu and Obama are smart, indeed, I think they are both “intellectuals” in the perjorative sense that Paul Johnson uses the term: they value “ideas” more highly than people. But they have faulty first principles, so no amount of book-learning will ever lead them to correct conclusions.

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    • April 8, 2011, at 7:05 AM PDT
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  8. tabula rasa Member
    Frozen Chosen: If this guy is so smart how come he’s a radical Leftist?

    Seriously, we need to stop calling people like Liu and Obama smart. Under what definition of smart would they fit? · Apr 7 at 4:36pm

    You raise a good point. Here are a couple of thoughts to add to and echo Adam’s.

    When leftists are truly being leftists (e.g., not conceding that we have budget problem that will eventually land on us like a big cow patty, practicing goofy quasi-religious Gaia loving environmentalism) they are not being smart–they’re being very dumb.

    Maybe the right word for a Liu is “clever.” If you accept the “first principles” (as Adam says) under which he and others like him operate (government is good, the Constitution should keep up with the times, we’re smarter than our ancestors) then men like Liu are undoubtedly skilled in concocting language and arguments to justify the idiotic and culture-killing conclusions they reach.

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    • April 8, 2011, at 7:28 AM PDT
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  9. tabula rasa Member

    I think it was Tom Sowell or someone like him who said, “It takes a real intellectual to believe anything that stupid.”

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    • April 8, 2011, at 9:12 AM PDT
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  10. Frozen Chosen Inactive

    My point is that when intellectuals fail to recognize basic concepts about human nature and history they are not what I would call “smart”. I believe that is just one more term that the Left has hijacked for their own purposes.

    Being truly intelligent involves far more than just book learnin’. It encompasses the ability to relate to the entire spectrum of human experience whether it be political, scientific, sociological or emotional. The stubborn belief in disproven theories and political systems severly undermines one’s claim to be intelligent.

    I don’t really feel like I’m making an adequated explanation of what I mean but then again I’m probably not what you would call “smart”…

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    • April 8, 2011, at 10:29 AM PDT
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  11. Umbra Fractus Inactive

    I see where you’re coming from, Frozen, but I think you’re making the same mistake the Left does: confusing intelligence with wisdom. The Left errs by assuming wisdom on the part of the intelligent and consequently assuming we should let them make all our decisions for us. You err by saying we should label the unwise as unintelligent.

    Your error is less dangerous, to be sure, but still misguided.

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    • April 10, 2011, at 3:59 AM PDT
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