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... 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.
Unlike DeLay, who is in trouble in his district through being perceived by an increasing number of his constituents as arrogant and corrupt, Cornyn does not need to pander to the religious right. He is as solid a re-election bet around here as it's possible to be. That makes his statement, above, if anything more alarming that DeLay's fulminations against the judiciary, which most people consider to be an effort to distract attention from scandal and growing aversion to his disagreeable personality.
Cornyn has only one reason to have said what he did. Which is, he believes it.