|John "Jack" McConnell|
|Sen John Cornyn|
Wow, what a hit job by Senator Cornyn. I didn't realize that being a pioneering mass tort attorney disqualified a lawyer from becoming a federal judge. But gee, when you look at Senator Cornyn's background you might think he, especially, knows what he's talking about being a former Texas attorney general, Texas Supreme Court justice, and former U.S. District Court judge. Then bear in mind, philosophically, where Senator Cornyn comes down on alot of issues; this is from Wikipedia:
"In the 2004 debate surrounding the Federal Marriage Amendment, [Senator] Cornyn released an advance copy of a speech he was to give at the Heritage Foundation. In the speech, he wrote, 'It does not affect your daily life very much if your neighbor marries a box turtle. But that does not mean it is right... [N]ow you must raise your children up in a world where that union of man and box turtle is on the same legal footing as man and wife.' He removed the reference to the box turtle in the actual speech, but the Washington Post ran the quote, as did The Daily Show.
Cornyn sponsored a bill that would allow law enforcement to force anyone arrested or detained to provide samples of their DNA, which would be recorded in a central database. He voted to recommend a constitutional ban on flag desecration and for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. He also voted for the reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act and extending its wiretap provision. He is rated "A" by the National Rifle Association. Cornyn said on December 20, 2005: 'None of your civil liberties matter much after you're dead' in a speech supporting reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act."
Now, I'm not saying that Senator Cornyn is a right wing whack-job, but then again, yes, I am.
More importantly, just because a lawyer represents unpopular causes, doesn't disqualify the attorney form holding a federal judgeship.
While not analytically the same thing it might be useful to look at the the situation involving the recent collective outrage over Paul Clement's departure from King & Spalding. The legal blawgosphere--right and left--is in agreement praising Clement's decision to resign from his law firm, King & Spalding. Clement is a former Bush Administration Solicitor General. King & Spalding decided not to continue representation by partner Clement of the unpopular Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA;) Clements was representing the Republican House leadership supporting DOMA's constitutionality against outcries in the Gay and liberal communities.
Some one please tell Senator Cornyn. 'Thought he knew about unpopular causes, guess not.