GOP takes a swing at Cal prof judicial nominee

The Republican National Committee today put out its first major partisan hit piece on University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall Law School Associate Dean and Professor Goodwin Liu, whom President Barack Obama nominated last month to a seat on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

As I’d reported on the blog and in print, the GOP doesn’t care for Liu’s liberal credentials – he chairs the progressive American Constitution Society’s board of directors; he’s a former member of the boards of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and Chinese for Affirmative Action; and he served on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition’s education policy and agency review teams – or for his belief that judges should interpret the Constitution not according to “how its general principles would have been applied in 1789 or 1868, but rather how those principles should be applied today in order to preserve their power and meaning in light of the concerns, conditions, and evolving norms of our society.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Common Tater

    I’m against this nominee. The whim of the moment should not trump the will of the people.

  • >>>Whim of moment should not trump will of people<<<

    And here I thought rule of law is what guides judges. Silly me.

    I found this article interesting but one-sided.

  • Mike F.

    Mr. Liu does need closer examination, but not solely on the basis of what Townhall.com reports (whether we agree or not). Per Mr. Liu’s profile at UC Berkeley website he graduated in 1998, so that’s only 12 years of job experience. He’s been on faculty at UCB since 2003, so that’s only 7 years of non-academic work. Geez, let him do some work at the County DA’s office or as a public defender. I want to know that he’s got adequate courtroom experience before he works at a high judicial post. Why can’t the administration find someone with at least 20 years experience that’s dealt with a wide variety of issues.