The Radical Mr. Liu: Overrunning America’s Constitution


Governor Jerry Brown has nominated Berkeley Law professor Goodwin Liu [emphasis CAJ] for a position on the California Supreme Court. Republican senators led a successful filibuster of Liu’s appointment to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals back in May. As CNN reported, “Liu was the first of President Barack Obama’s judicial picks to be successfully filibustered.” The Wall Street Journal called the California Supreme Court nomination “a nice consolation prize.”

But Liu’s radical views could even be too much for California. At National Review, Hans A. von Spakovsky writes,

“He is of the opinion that if you believe in the basic precepts of American liberty and economic freedom, you are ideologically suspect and unfit to sit on the Supreme Court. In 2005 he wrote an article for Bloomberg in which he criticized Supreme Court judicial nominee John G. Roberts, Jr., for belonging to organizations that promote ‘free enterprise, private ownership of property, and limited government.’ According to Liu, these are ‘code words for an ideological agenda hostile to environmental, workplace, and consumer protections.’”

Aside from Liu’s misguided attacks on the views of Chief Justice Roberts, his explanations of his own views are rightfully criticized by Edward Whelan at the Ethics and Public Policy Center…

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