No, he's not a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, as this Wall Street Journal Piece points out. But as the WSJ also points out, Goodwin Liu's thought processes are instructive in what to expect in an Obama nominee:
If Mr. Liu's judicial philosophy wouldn't be familiar to the Framers, it is de rigueur in the elite colleges and law schools from which he hails. Speaking of the nomination of now Chief Justice John Roberts, Mr. Liu opined that words like "'free enterprise,' 'private ownership of property,' and 'limited government'" are "code words for an ideological agenda hostile to environmental, workplace, and consumer protections."
"Private ownership of property" and "limited government" are code words for an ideological agenda "hostile to envriomental, workplace, and consumer protections??? Funny, I always saw them as the cornerstone of rights around which the constitution is constructed. And then there is this:
On the nomination of now-Justice Samuel Alito, Professor Liu was even nastier. In a statement reminiscent of Ted Kennedy's slur against Robert Bork, Mr. Liu wrote that "Judge Alito's record envisions an America where police may shoot and kill an unarmed boy to stop him from running away with a stolen purse; where federal agents may point guns at ordinary citizens during a raid, even after no sign of resistance . . . where a black man may be sentenced to death by an all-white jury for killing a white man . . . and where police may search what a warrant permits, and then some."
In the hearing yesterday Liu dismissed these earlier statements as "unnecessarily flowery" and "colorful language." He attributed them to his law professor role where one is expected to be provocative and said they were irrelevant because a judge is an "arbiter." Okay, does that mean he doesn't believe either of these positions? He's actually right, my constitutionally protected right of property ownership and limited government are, in fact, hostile to liberal efforts to impose "envriomental, workplace and consumer protections" that violate those cherished rights. The are not code words however, they are the very foundation of all other freedoms. The reality is Liu's positions are extreme, perhaps even for the 9th Circuit. And they are likely a taste of things to come as President Obama gets additional Supreme Court picks.