Count me as among the stunned that U.S. Senator John Cornyn turned on President Bush yesterday on the subject of immigration. The former Texas attorney general, whose approval rating ranks 87th among the 100 senators, was cited in the Dallas Morning News as saying that President Bush lacks sufficient credibility on immigration changes and border security but could turn that around by agreeing to an infusion of $3.6 billion for border protection — which, not coincidentally, was requested by, you guessed it, John Cornyn. “The president’s got some proving himself to do when it comes to his commitment,” Mr. Cornyn told the Morning News. Has Cornyn forgotten that he is a wholly owned subsidiary of Karl Rove? Does he actually think he is a free agent?

Having dissed the president, he then turned on his Texas colleague, Kay Bailey Hutchison, criticizing her compromise proposal that includes elements (such as a guest worker program) favored by the president but opposed by Cornyn.

Actually, Cornyn would do better if he didn’t speak at all. You do remember his infamous April 2005 comments about violent acts toward judges, don’t you? “…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. Certainly without any justification, but a concern that I have.”

Well, we have concerns too.