…ask your buddy Governor Jerry Brown for a job with the California Supreme Court!
Announcing the nomination, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said that Mr. Liu had the "background, intellect and vision to really help our California Supreme Court be again one of the great courts in the country." We wonder which era Mr. Brown considers the court's glory days. During his previous stints as governor, between 1975 and 1983, Mr. Brown's track record on judicial appointments was notoriously problematic. Former California Chief Justice Rose Bird was removed from office after her 1986 retention election in a wave of anger against her history of liberal rulings. The same fate befell two other Brown appointees, Justices Cruz Reynoso and Joseph Grodin.
I don’t know what’s worse. The fact that Liu actually scored the appointment to the California bench, or that this is a revolving door that no one really seems to question.
Goodwin Liu, it will be remembered, was Obama’s nominee for the federal bench who viewed judicial activism from a perspective that made even the most ardent defenders of the invented principle blanche.
Perhaps liberal graft is just so commonplace, we don’t even question it anymore?
So just to review, if you’re found too liberal for mainstream America, the ultra-left wing will make sure you’re taken care of with a nice, cushy appointment in a state where the values of the leftist political class mirror your own.
UPDATE: Also in runner up category for cushy left-wing jobs, America’s favorite crooked liberal activist, Al Sharpton, just landed a sweet deal with MSNBC.
Sharpton has a long and well-documented history of leveraging his civil-rights profile for his own benefit. Grabbing a prime-time anchor spot in exchange for cheerleading for a controversial merger would be the capper on that career. It’s gone remarkably unnoticed that Sharpton was the first major black leader to endorse the Comcast merger, which met fierce resistance. Michael Copps, a Democrat who’d served on the FCC since 2001, declared, when he ultimately voted against it, that the merger “erodes diversity, localism and competition” and was “a huge boost for media industry (and digital industry) consolidation” as well as “a stake in the heart of independent content production,” charges that were echoed in a New York Times editorial. But Mignon Clyburn, the daughter of South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn and the only minority member on the FCC, threw her decisive support behind the deal, citing a comprehensive diversity memorandum of agreement (MOU) signed by Sharpton as a mechanism that “will serve to keep the new entity honest in promoting diversity.”
Could you imagine if Tom Delay landed a deal like this?