If you want to see how badly trial lawyers have lost the war for the hearts and minds of the American public, just watch the 2004 Disney-Pixar movie “The Incredibles.” Lawsuits force the movie’s cartoon superheroes to hang up their capes and leave the public vulnerable to criminal menace.

Sure, it’s only a cartoon. But the plotline shows just how successfully Republicans and their business allies have spread the idea that out-of-control litigation is harming America.