- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 15, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

It is appalling that Goodwin Liu is President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (“Don’t rush to judgeship for Liu,” Comment & Analysis, Monday).

Mr. Liu ardently opposed the nomination of Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court on ideological grounds. President Obama, who lately has discovered the merit of an up-or-down vote, unsuccessfully supported the filibuster of the Alito nomination. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, who has become conveniently passionate of late about the need to defend presidential judicial nominations, supported the filibuster of the Alito nomination. (By the way, in the peculiarly liberal implementation of transparency, Mr. Leahy recently said he had opposed the filibuster of Mr. Alito. Fortunately, he was caught in his fib.)

Mr. Liu is a vehement liberal ideologically. It is not necessary to permit the Democrats to discover the iniquity of a device they sought to use now that it will not serve their purpose. There is ample history and logic to justify a filibuster of the Liu nomination. Turnabout is fair play.

NATHAN DODELL

Rockville, Md.

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