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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

John Cornyn Finds Company

Ah those law abiding Republicans. Dana Milbank of the WaPo reports on a recent conference in Washington of conservatives concerned about the leftward tilt of America's Judiciary. Among the choicest moments? Perhaps when legal scholar Edwin Viera invoked his idol Josef Stalin to curb the judiciary -

The full Stalin quote, for those who don't recognize it, is "Death solves all problems: no man, no problem." Presumably, Vieira had in mind something less extreme than Stalin did and was not actually advocating violence. But then, these are scary times for the judiciary. An anti-judge furor may help confirm President Bush's judicial nominees, but it also has the potential to turn ugly.

A judge in Atlanta and the husband and mother of a judge in Chicago were murdered in recent weeks. After federal courts spurned a request from Congress to revisit the Terri Schiavo case, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) said that "the time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior." Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) mused about how a perception that judges are making political decisions could lead people to "engage in violence."

"The people who have been speaking out on this, like Tom DeLay and Senator Cornyn, need to be backed up," Schlafly said to applause yesterday. One worker at the event wore a sticker declaring "Hooray for DeLay."


I guess that's one way for Constitutional originalists to abide by the notion of a judiciary with lifetime appointments that responds to their wishes.

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