To everyone flipping out on Twitter right now. Stop. Breath. And let’s go over what’s going to happen. Tomorrow, the electoral result in Georgia will be certified. Monday, the results in Michigan and Pennsylvania will be certified.
Arizona will follow in a week.
Nevada and Wisconsin will certify on December 1.

The electors will cast their votes on December 14.

Congress will count those votes on January 6.

That is what’s going to happen.

All the rest is antidemocratic noise.
The reason you are hearing nothing but calm seriousness from the president-elect and his team is that they know this.
The antidemocratic noise is a very serious problem. But it it will not prevent Biden from becoming president.
I promise.
There are very few perfect designs for governance, but the Constitution’s approach to ensuring a president cannot remain in power in the face of the expressed will of the electorate is awesome in its automaticity and resistance to presidential interference.
There are many problems with our presidential election system. It’s deftness in getting rid of a president who lost is not one of them. He is the most powerful man in the world. He can literally destroy the world with a few words. But he is helpless to remain in power.
Just a little constitutional civics to brighten your Thursday.
That’s all I got.

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