We thought we saved democracy in 2020– it will definitely be on the ballot again in 2024

Very good (and depressing) stuff from Bernstein:

Third, and most important: Whatever the motives, what Republicans are up to is a huge threat to the republic. I’m mostly not talking about making it harder to vote, although that certainly weakens democracy. The real threat is that Trump, joined by many other elected Republicans, attempted to overturn the 2020 presidential election result. And that since then, those in the party who stood up for the rule of law have been marginalized. [all emphases mine] That’s why the Georgia election law is a big deal; that’s why purging Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney from the Republican House leadership is a big deal. That’s why the joke of an “audit” of election counts in Arizona is a big deal. It’s the single most important story in U.S. politics right now.

What we know is that when Trump attempted to subvert the election, a number of Republicans in key positions refused to go along. We know that, for the most part, those individuals won’t be able to stop a similar effort in 2024, and that the party has sent clear signals that standing up for the constitution and the rule of law was unacceptable.

What we don’t know is whether other individuals in key positions will go along in 2024 (or 2028 or whenever Republicans next lose a presidential election — or in other elections, for that matter). After all, those who stood up to Trump when it mattered looked pretty much identical to the rest of the party until push came to shove and they really had to choose Trump or the constitution. Perhaps, next time around, others who seem to be true believers now will act responsibly. But if so, they’ll be even more clearly defying not just Trump, but their political party. And it’s just as likely that next time will, unfortunately, have a very different outcome.

And NeverTrumper Mona Charen in the Bulwark:

Welcome to the funhouse world the Republican party is building. Up is down. Black is white. Lies are truth.

The great cause that Republicans are uniting around is “election integrity.” That’s rich. The reality is that somebody did attempt to steal the 2020 election—Donald Trump. During the days and weeks following his loss, he brayed endlessly that the outcome was fraudulent, laying the groundwork for an attempt to overturn the voters’ will.

From the White House, he made multiple calls to local election officials demanding that they find votes for him. He dialed up members of local canvassing boards, encouraging them to decertify results.

At a time when Trump’s toadies were calling for legislatures to ignore the popular vote and submit alternate slates of electoral college votes, he engaged in flagrant election interference by inviting seven Michigan state legislators, including the leaders of the house and senate, to the White House on November 20. What did they discuss? You can surmise from their statement issued after the meeting: “We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan and, as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors . . .”…

Let’s be clear: The substitution of Stefanik for Cheney is a tocsin, signaling that the Republican party will no longer be bound by law or custom. In 2020, many Republican office holders, including the otherwise invertebrate Pence, held the line. They did not submit false slates of electors. They did not decertify votes. They did not “find” phantom fraud. But the party has been schooled since then. It has learned that the base—which is deluded by the likes of Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and Mark Levin—believes the lies and demands that Republicans fight. As my colleague Amanda Carpenter put it, the 2024 mantra is going to be “Steal It Back.”

If Cheney must be axed because she will not lie, then what will happen if Republicans take control of Congress in 2022 and are called upon to certify the Electoral College in 2024? How many Raffenspergers will there be? How many will insist, as Pence did, that they must do what the Constitution demands? How many will preserve any semblance of the rule of law and the primacy of truth?

With this sabotage of Cheney, House Republicans are figuratively joining the January 6 mob.

Our democracy is a house on fire and we’re mostly sitting here like a frog in a pot just thinking, “hmm, seems like the water is maybe a little warm.”  

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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