George noted that the society includes board members former New York Times Superme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse, controversial Obama judicial nominee Goodwin Liu and former attorney general Janet Reno.McCain Will Seek to Filibuster Obama Nominee Who Says Constitution Grants Right to Welfare
President Barack Obama's nomination of Goodwin Liu to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals should not come to the Senate floor for a vote on Thursday, according to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), whose spokesperson said the senator would “seek to filibuster the nomination.”
McCain is a leading member of the “Gang of 14,” which in a 2005 Senate deal preserved the filibuster in judicial nomination debates.
Goodwin Liu, among other controversial positions, has written that the Constitution grants the right to government-funded health insurance, child care, public transportation and job training.
Obama nominated Liu, an associate dean at the University of California-Berkley School of Law and former chairman of the liberal American Constitution Society, in February 2010. But Senate GOP threats of a filibuster last year stopped the nomination from coming to the floor after it twice passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote.
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed a motion for cloture, which would cut off debate on the nomination and move it to the Senate floor for an up or down vote. The cloture vote could occur at noon on Thursday and needs 60 votes to pass.
But McCain believes the vote should be blocked.
“As a member of the ‘Gang of 14’ in 2005, McCain agreed that, ‘Nominees should be filibustered only under extraordinary circumstances,’” the Arizona senator’s communications director, Brooke Buchanan, told CNSNews.com on Wednesday in a statement. “The nomination of Mr. Godwin Liu does rise to a level of ‘extraordinary circumstances,’ and therefore McCain will seek to filibuster the nomination.”