Opinion: The Power of the Courts Is Messing Up Politics

Swollen beyond constitutional recognition, they distort the way elections are contested.

AS four newly Senate-approved federal appellate judges move into their chambers seven months after Neil Gorsuch joined the Supreme Court, they may seem to have vindicated conservatives who swallowed their qualms about Donald Trump last year out of a conviction that, whatever his flaws, he would save the judiciary.Yet this “but the courts” defense of Mr. Trump says less about him than it does about the courts: namely, that their importance is swollen beyond constitutional recognition. If a bra...