Over at Towleroad, Ezra Waldman discusses the recent (disappointing) cloture vote in the Senate on the (still) pending nomination of Goodwin Liu to the 9th Circuit of Appeals.  You can read his post HERE.  In the meantime, Waldman has two suggestions for any aspiring appellate judges:

First, if you want to be a judge, you cannot have any opinions about other people’s views, and if you do, state your disagreements with the muted tones of a man who doesn’t like his wife’s new haircut.

Second, when you do air your academic debates and find yourself to the left of some of your colleagues, Senate Republicans are willing to throw you under the bus and ignore their Gang of 14 commitments.