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  •  Not too much, apparently (3+ / 0-)
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    Unlike the Republicans, the Democrats don't seem to have much fight in them when it comes to judicial nominations.  The Republicans threaten the nuclear option.  Democrats leave their nominees to twist in the wind until they withdraw.

    In some cases, this can have some benefits.  Out here in California, we now have Justice Goodwin Liu on our state supreme court.  So the Ninth Circuit's loss has been our gain.

    "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

    by FogCityJohn on Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 04:45:59 PM PST

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    •  And he'll still get the judicial experience... (1+ / 0-)
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      FogCityJohn one day get him on the Supreme Court, which is why Republicans were so adamant about trying to block him from getting on the 9th Circuit.

      "So it was OK to waterboard a guy over 80 times but God forbid the guy who could understand what that prick was saying has a boyfriend."--Jon Stewart

      by craigkg on Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 06:58:19 PM PST

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      •  He'll still never get through the Senate (0+ / 0-)

        Because of his comments on Alito.

        •  You're almost certainly right. (0+ / 0-)

          Getting him through the Senate would require Democrats with spines.  Unfortunately, vertebrate Democrats are a nearly extinct species.

          "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

          by FogCityJohn on Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 12:26:35 AM PST

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          •  It was self inflicted (0+ / 0-)

            There was no good reason for Goodwin Liu to appear before the Senate in opposition to Sam Alito. There were other panelists making the same points. What Liu really needed was a wise godfather in the Senate to whisper in his ear, before he was announced as a panelist, that his testimony would likely make it difficult for him to ever be a federal judge. Where were the Dem godfathers to give this talented jurist some sage advice?

            "let's talk about that"

            by VClib on Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 09:25:01 AM PST

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