From the classic movie Judgement at Nuremburg:
Mrs. Bertholt: "You elect judges in the United States?"
Judge Haywood: "Yes, in some states."
Mrs. Bertholt: "I didn't know that."
Judge Haywood: "Well, it's either one of the virtue or one of the defects to our judiciary system. I thought it was one of the virtues until last year when I was defeated."
Sounds strangely familiar.