The Ann Althouse passage that I addressed in the post below was part of her reaction to a speech by Senator John Cornyn. Specifically, it was prompted by this statement by the Senator:
Finally, 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 — certainly nothing new; we seem to have run through a spate of courthouse violence recently that has been on the news. 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 to the point where some people engage in violence, certainly without any justification, but that is a concern I have that I wanted to share.
I’m not partial to speculation about the motives of murderers, so I wish that Senator Cornyn had not included this passage in an otherwise fine speech. However, Cornyn made it clear that he views the attacks on judges as “without any justification.” Thus, the howls that we hear from the left (such as this one from Joshua Marshall which omits the “without any justification” language) are themselves largely without justification.
UPDATE: Senator Cornyn has made this follow-up regarding his prior remarks:
Mr. President, the purpose for my rising is to follow up on some remarks that I made yesterday, Monday, on the floor of the Senate. A full transcript of those remarks, which has to do with judges and recent decisions of the United States Supreme Court, are available, of course in the Congressional Record, but are also available on my official website for anyone who would care to read them.
As a former judge myself for 13 years, who has a number of close personal friends who still serve on the bench today, I am outraged by recent acts of courthouse violence. I certainly hope that no one will construe my remarks on Monday otherwise. Considered in context, I don