First, let’s address the elephant in the room: It is extremely unlikely that Republicans will be able to overturn the results of the election.
It is possible, yes, to come up with scenarios in which legislators or judges engineer a second Trump term and plunge the nation into a constitutional crisis. But even with a conservative Supreme Court, a Republican-led Senate and Republican-led congressional delegations in most states, election law experts are confident this won’t happen.
The coming weeks may be chaotic. They may undermine public faith in the electoral process and cement Trump supporters’ false belief that the election was “stolen.” The damage to democratic institutions may be long-lasting.
But in the short term, it is virtually inconceivable that anything will happen but this: On Jan. 20, 2021, Mr. Biden will raise his right hand, take the oath of office and become the 46th president of the United States.
This covers the topic in my post yesterday. I’m glad this possibility is getting more attention in mainstream media. The more people that are actively monitoring this situation, the higher the chance that any undemocratic outcomes will be completely prevented.
There will be some loud people making claims, but that’s likely all that will really happen. How many people come to believe those claims should be somewhat small (though much larger than makes sense). I hope we can all move beyond this in short order. If not, I hope we find a way to eventually convince 99% of people that this was a fair outcome.