The Right Has Its Own American Crisis

Source: The Atlantic
by David A Graham

“A partisan divide following a tightly contested election is normal. Political scientists long ago identified the ‘winner effect,’ in which people who voted for the losing candidate also lose some faith in the results, while supporters of the winner gain it. The situation in which we find ourselves is different for three reasons. First, Republicans were already starting from a historically low threshold of faith in elections. Second, the net level of distrust in the system is dangerous to democratic legitimacy. And third, unlike in a standard election where winners are pleased and losers are merely unhappy, there actually was an attempt to overturn the election. Troublingly, Democratic voters don’t seem especially bothered by it.” (01/06/22)