Litigation and national politics

At the end of the last century and the beginning of this one, one political party was anti-litigation, the other more friendly. Why? By last year's election, the issue had faded away, at least nationally. Why? These issues are taken up in "Unspoken Truths and Misaligned Interests: Political Parties and the Two Cultures of Civil Litigation" by law professor Stephen Yeazell. Here is the abstract:

the last four decades the United States has witnessed first the
emergence and then the disappearance of civil litigation as a topic of
partisan debate in national politics. Following two centuries in which
neither party thought the topic worth mention, in the last decades of
the twentieth and first of the twenty-first century, both parties made
it part of their agendas. Republican candidates and presidents denounced
litigation as a blight; Democratic candidates and presidents embraced
it as a panacea. This Essay traces the emergence of this issue, the
apparent oddness of the two parties’ stances toward civil litigation,
and the ways in which both parties chose to ignore salient
characteristics of modern civil litigation — the unspoken truths of my
title. Finally, I’ll tentatively suggest some reasons for the
disappearance of this issue — at least temporarily — from the political

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