good. frankly I don't think he would have gone over the top in a straight vote anyway, but it may be a dead issue now. This is what comes of the playing the game. GOP filibuster blocks federal appeals court nominee Liu By MICHAEL DOYLE McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON -- Republicans on Thursday blocked the Senate from considering the appellate court nomination of Goodwin Liu, a University of California at Berkeley law professor whose judicial prospects are in doubt. In a 52-43 faceoff, Democrats fell far short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a GOP filibuster. Though they can try again later, Republicans show no sign of relenting against a man they cast as a liberal activist. Read more: GOP filibuster blocks federal appeals court nominee Liu - Politics Wires - MiamiHerald.com I'll look for the voting count, I'd be interested in seeing who abstained and who voted no among dems.