Goodwin Liu, the University of California Berkeley law professor whose nomination to the 9th circuit languished due to Republican opposition, was confirmed as the newest member of the California Supreme Court on Wednesday. In many ways, Governor Brown's appointment achieved the same goal that Senate Republicans sought to prevent: it set up Liu with the experience necessary to make him a credible Democratic nominee to the United States Supreme Court. In addition, it wil give him a big voice in the development of law in America's most populous state - he will be one of seven voices on the Cal Supremes (rather than one of - how many...29?... members of the Ninth Circuit.)
Now he just needs Obama to get another shot at appointing a justice.