If anyone needs proof of how destructively polarized national politics has become, one need only consider yesterday's vote in the Senate on President Obama's nomination of Goodwin Liu to serve on the United States Court of Appeals.
Despite the fact that Professor Goodwin Liu was nominated over a year ago to a seat designated a "judicial emergency" on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals a minority in the Senate has persisted in blocking his nomination -- until now.
This afternoon, over a year after he was first nominated by President Obama to the Ninth Circuit federal court of appeals, UC Berkley law professor Goodwin Liu will go before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his second confirmation hearing.
A Ninth Circuit seat sits empty a year after Goodwin Liu's nomination, and the situation has gotten even worse. The vacancy is now one of three on the Ninth Circuit, each of them denominated a "judicial emergency".
The decades-long controversy over how broadly to read the Constitution's liberties will not be settled in today's hearing. But Goodwin Liu's fate before the Senate could render the debate practically moot.