Back in early 2022, Cornell Clayton, a Washington State University political science professor who has studied democracy for 35 years, told me that things looked bleak. “All the lights are blinking red” on the American experiment, he said. I asked him this past week to give democracy a follow-up checkup.
“I guess I’d say it’s no longer blinking red quite as urgently,” he said. “Maybe it’s blinking yellow. It’s definitely still saying, ‘Proceed with extreme caution.’ ”
Congress also reformed the Electoral Count Act, making it tougher for any candidate to mess around with congressional certification of the vote.
“These things are extremely important in preventing any further erosion of democratic norms,” Clayton said.
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