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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Cornyn in 2005

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) said in a speech on the Senate floor:
It causes a lot of people, including me, great distress to see judges use the authority that they have been given to make raw political or ideological decisions... the Supreme Court has taken on this role as a policymaker rather than an enforcer of political decisions made by elected representatives of the people... I don't know if there is a cause-and-effect connection, but we have seen some recent episodes of courthouse violence in this country... And I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters, on some occasions, where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds up and builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in, engage in violence. Certainly without any justification, but a concern that I have.
Does this merit calls for hs resignation? This is a non-party issue: Texas is firmly in Republican hands, so an appointed successor would be a party-line Republican. I don't know yet; but if he combines the intemperance to make these remarks with the stupidity to apologize, then he should be made to resign.

[Update 6 April 2005: Cornyn clarifies without apologizing, which shows good sense. Hat tip: Instapundit.]
[Update 6 April 2005: Beldar has a convincing defense of Cornyn.]