Suppose that you believe, as I do, that the threat to American democracy posed by Donald Trump and his Republican enablers and imitators is by far the most important issue confronting us today. One implication of this view is that opinion leaders – politicians, pundits, academics, journalists – should make every effort to forestall disaster by educating people about the risk of democratic backsliding, and trying to bring people together to preserve free and fair elections.
Ross Douthat appears to disagree with this assessment. He argues that those of us who are panicked about the state of democracy overstate the risk of backsliding. In particular, he thinks that we* exaggerate the risk that Trump will steal the 2024 election. He points out thatRead More »