UC Berkeley Law School Dean Christopher Edley said Liu is "non-ideological, slightly left of the center for judges. Among law professors, he is quite centrist."
Edley said Liu would not change the balance on the court, but "I think it will be very interesting to add Goodwin's style to the mix, his ability to be both pragmatic and cerebral."
Does Edley not know that he lives in Bizarro World? Given that the median law professor is two standard deviations to the left of the median American, a person who is "quite centrist" among law professors is quite leftist when measured by the correct benchmark -- the American median.
"Slightly to the left of center for judges" is nonsense unless Edley's frame of reference is the judges of the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Jesse McKinley has this story in the NYT.