Sen. John Cornyn was waxing indignant a few minutes ago about what he calls the “activist vision” of certain judicial nominees.
He helpfully defined his terms:
“This activist vision takes the power from the people to make the law and change the law and gives it to the judiciary.”
Cornyn was no doubt shocked, then, by the Rehnquist Court’s decision in Bush v. Gore, in which it called off the counting of votes in a presidential election. Or by the Roberts Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC, in which it limited the power of democratically elected bodies to make rules about who spends money in elections.
It must be difficult for Cornyn to see judges appointed by presidents of his own party fall into that kind of activism.