Jason Willick — last seen in these pages defending Aileen Cannon before her Trump fan service was disemboweled by a Republican 11CA panel — concludes an argument that the only threat to democracy is PARTISANSHIP summarizes how the parties disagree on democratic values:
That would be a massive undertaking, especially because the parties’ definitions of democracy are so wildly at odds. Democrats might think that racially gerrymandered congressional districts are necessary to ensure representation for minorities, while some Republicans think such classifications are anathema to democratic principles. Many Democrats believe that blocking “misinformation” makes democratic choice possible, while Republicans believe Democrats want to censor ideas for political advantage.
So the threats to democracy in America are 1)gerrymandering by Democrats and 2)Censorship favored by Democrats. Does the column mention Republican gerrymanders that create one-party legislatures in states with closely divided electorates, upheld by a baldly stupid party-line Supreme Court opinion? Nope. 1/6? Nope. Prominent state-wide Republican candidates falsely asserting that the 2020 election was stolen? Nope. Actual censorship being done by Republican governments? Haha no. Republican vote suppression? Nope. Once we get rid of attempts to create majority-minority districts and stop suggesting that social media companies show some care about promoting perniciously false information, everything will be fine!
This column is indeed an excellent window into the actual support Republican elites have for American democracy, albeit in a quite different way than it intended.