Three Republicans who have rarely supported filibusters of judicial nominees said today they will vote to filibuster appellate nominee Goodwin Liu, a bad omen for Liu a day before a crucial Senate vote.
Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.) and John McCain (Ariz.) said they plan to vote against ending debate on Liu's nomination. The vote is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday, and Liu needs 60 votes to advance to a final confirmation vote. A judicial nominee of President Barack Obama has never been successfully filibustered, but Liu may be the first.
In separate comments, the three senators all cited the same reason for opposing Liu: the law professor's 2006 testimony against the confirmation of Justice Samuel Alito Jr.
Graham, Isakson, McCain Oppose Cloture on Liu
David Ingram reports at BLT: