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Liu Goes Down

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Although the voting is still in progress in the Senate, it appears that Harry Reid has failed to invoke cloture, thus effectively killing, at least for now, the nomination of Professor Goodwin Liu for a seat on the Ninth Circuit.

Current results suggest that all the Republicans except for Sen. Murkowski have voted against cloture, plus Democratic Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska.  That would leave 53 votes in favor of ending debate.  Harry needed 60.

The Ninth Circuit has been saved from being even more of an embarrassment.  Of course it needs a good deal more than that, but sufficient unto the day are the victories thereof.

UPDATE:  The final vote was 52-43, meaning that the motion to end debate failed by 8 votes.  That is a substantial margin, very likely meaning that Professor Liu is cooked for good.

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