Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has filed a cloture petition on the pending nomination of Berkeley Law Professor Goodwin Liu to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. A vote on the nomination could come as early as tomorrow. The National Review‘s Ed Whelan comments here (Whelan is a former Justice Department lawyer). I earlier discussed the Liu nomination here. Liu has virtually no experience in the courtroom, and has argued that “‘free enterprise, private ownership of property, and limited government” are right-wing ideological “code words.”
Liu is a big supporter of race-based busing, arguing it should be required not merely within school districts, but across school district lines to create what are effectively region-wide racial quotas, a radical claim rejected by the Supreme Court long ago (the Supreme Court rejects busing across district lines even in desegregation cases). CEI filed an amicus brief in the Seattle Schools case against race-based school assignments within a school system (the racial percentages in that case were struck down in a 5-to-4 vote after being upheld by the Ninth Circuit, to which Liu has been nominated).