Wednesday, April 06, 2005

What is in the wingnut Kool-aid?

On Monday U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (from Texas, naturally) took the floor and announced that judges who make unpopular decisions may inadvertently bring violence upon themselves.

"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."

Hey, now: Don't conservative Senators from Texas usually call that "blaming the victim?" As Daliah Lithwik put it:

Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the new defense against charges of violence against judges: "Your Honor. My client suffered a loss of control due to uncontrollable ideological differences."

Worse, this seems to be a trend.

Do these Republican idiots want more people to go about murdering judges? Or are they just playing the familiar, but dangerous right-wing game: (1) Start with frustrated crackpots and abject losers. (2) Tap into their anger at being losers (3) Channel it at some target (Clinton, judges, blacks, etc). (4) Count the votes.

Note to MoC: Here's a conservative blogger who agrees the Senators remarks were outrageous: Ever hear of Instapundit?