Why Don't Republicans Simply Admit Now that They'll Happily Carry Out Trump's Coup?
"The logical consequence of that acquittal is that [Republicans] now shoulder a responsibility to ensure that their admonition is put into practice. Letting the voters decide now really means letting the voters decide — not attempting to subvert their choice. It means that if Trump tries to secure a second term despite a landslide against him, other elected Republicans must resist that move even if they have the raw power to help Trump’s effort.
"One would think decisive results would tamp down the hyperpartisan forces that might try to defy the popular vote. But given the current political culture of the battleground states, where Republicans hold majorities in the legislatures — and do so after the most aggressive cycle of hyper-partisan gerrymandering in U.S. history — there are reasons to worry.
"If the race tightens at the end, there’s even more cause for concern, since any temptation toward a power grab will face less counterpressure."