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A new normal?

Reader comment on item: "Republican Mob" Was Once an Oxymoron, Now It's a Reality

Submitted by Malcolm Smith (Australia), Jan 15, 2021 at 18:06

I think the new normal was elegantly expressed by Prof Budziszewski:

There have always been occasional demands for recount, but there has been a sea change. Ever since Bush vs. Gore, it has been routine Democratic practice to challenge the legitimacy of every electoral defeat (and after Trump it may become routine for Republicans too). Expect another sea change. Future chroniclers will say that with Clinton vs. Trump, it became routine Democratic practice to attempt the impeachment of every victorious opponent (and before long Republicans will probably imitate this move too, if only in self-defense).

There may be a third. We have already seen the perversion of the machinery of justice to attempt the legal assassination of political opponents. Let's see whether that becomes customary too. And let's hope it doesn't ripen into physical assassination.

The danger of such changes can hardly be exaggerated. Republics can survive a certain amount of fraud. No republic can survive the widespread conviction of its own illegitimacy.



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Daniel Pipes replies:

I agree; the Democrats started this mess. I alluded to this in my article:

decades of Leftist dominance over education, the media, the arts, and the "deep state" left a great swath of Republicans bad-tempered. Out with the old code of civility, etc. – instead, outrage, impatience, anxiety, defiance, anger, and pugnacity now rule instead.

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