In a historic show of civic engagement and support for the American experiment, nearly 5 million Georgians cast ballots in a high-turnout November 3 election that produced a Democratic presidential victory in the state for the first time since 1992 and set up a pair of runoff elections that could give Democrats control of the US Senate for the first time since 2014
That was generally understood as a triumph for democracy, if not for the Republican Party that has dominated Georgia politics in recent years.
In fact, the result has so unsettled Georgia’s embattled Republican senators that they are now campaigning against not just their Democratic rivals but democracy itself.
Last week, Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue endorsed a bizarre legal scheme by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to overturn the results from four battleground states that played a pivotal role in deciding the 2020 election for President-elect Joe Biden: Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Georgia
That’s right, Loeffler, an appointed senator seeking to win a January 5 special-election runoff, and Perdue, an incumbent seeking to win a second term in a regular runoff on the same day, proposed to disenfranchise their constituents, all 5 million Georgians who voted for a presidential candidate in the November 3 election-the 2,475,141 who backed Biden and 2,462,857 who backed Trump, the roughly 62,000 who voted for Libertarian Jo Jorgensen and everyone who cast a write-in ballot for the Greens or another party or Mickey Mouse.
All of them.
Why? Because Donald Trump said so, tweeting a one-word order to his minions: “Overturn.”
Paxton, a scandal-plagued Republican who in 2015 was indicted on multiple counts of securities fr