Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Protecting One Of Their Own
Cornyn made news by suggesting a link between recent violence toward the judiciary and people's anger and disgust over decisions by judges. Activist judges have been a favorite theme of DeLay.
The senator did not suggest that such violence would be justified by people's anger, but in the wake of recent violence in both Atlanta and Chicago, this is a sensitive subject to which Cornyn appeared tone-deaf.
Fortunately, there is no evidence of a link between violence against the judiciary and so-called activist judges, as the senator later conceded.
The MSM, predictably, was horrified by Cornyn's remarks, as were some local bloggers, see here and here. Fair enough, but where were these same folks when Paul Krugman implied (registration required) that conservatives in this country might assassinate those they oppose:
America isn't yet a place where liberal politicians, and even conservatives who aren't sufficiently hard-line, fear assassination. But unless moderates take a stand against the growing power of domestic extremists, it can happen here.
Krugman's claim is much more direct than Cornyn's statement, and yet there was nothing but silence from the left. For the record, soon after Cornyn made his statement I criticized them as, well, stupid.
If Krugman had said something along the lines of what Cornyn said it would have gone like this:
Liberal politicians had better change their ways and stop doing things that annoy domestic extremists or else they might be assassinated.
The two statements aren't comparable.
I don't want to be too techinical here, but hogwash! I think what they both said was inflammatory and indefensible, and yet the left tries to defend Krugman anyway.
Anyway, I never saw that comment from Krugman until now (I haven't been reading his columns much lately). But now that you've drawn my attention to it, it does appear fundamentally different from Cornyn's. Unless you're suggesting that Krugman was trying to rationalize violence against liberal politicans. Given Krugman's political persuasion, that seems far-fetched.