Civil rights became such a popular cause that the Court has been living off the moral capital of Brown ever since. In retrospect, Americans concluded that the Court had done the right thing when the political authorities would not. But the principle of judicial supremacy has been applied to other, not so morally obvious cases, like abortion and now homosexual marriage. When, in Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992, the Court upheld its controversial Roe v. Wade decision, it said that whole idea of constitutional government depended on judicial supremacy. Americans’ “belief in themselves as . . . a people [who aspire to live according to the rule of law] is not readily separable from their understanding of the Court invested with the authority to decide their constitutional cases and speak before all others for their constitutional ideas. If the Court’s legitimacy should be undermined, then so would the country be in its very ability to see itself through its constitutional ideals.”
The party in power re-draws electoral maps to give their candidates greater chances in upcoming elections. The result is that candidates win not by appealing to voters, but by cleverly drawn electoral maps which make some seats virtually unassailable, while concentrating the party-out-of-powers voters in one or only a few electoral districts. This is clear corruption but it's generally been seen as "legal" since it is allowed by the constitution. It's been around since the early days of the republic.-- Thomas Wright Sulcer ( talk ) 02:42, 28 November 2011 (UTC)
The following four years would be the only time that the president and vice-president were from different parties ( John Quincy Adams and John C. Calhoun would later be elected president and vice-president as political opponents, but they were both Democratic-Republican party candidates; Andrew Johnson , Abraham Lincoln 's second vice-president, was a Democrat, but Lincoln ran on a combined National Union Party ticket in 1864, not as a strict Republican). Jefferson would leverage his position as vice-president to attack President Adams's policies, and this would help him reach the White House in the following election.