Democrats hold judges to account. They do not run smear campaigns against them or defy their rulings.

The judiciary is, for the first time because 1994, under attack in the mainstream debate. There have been signs at times that grass-roots citizens don’t trust the courts — in some cases, people angered by violent crime deride courts for not immediately punishing the accused. But in the debate among middle-class people which shapes politics, hardly anyone undermines courts and judges.

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