Amy Walter, The Prepare dinner Political Report:
However I feel Tam put it very well that individuals are dwelling in two totally different realities. Once you have a look at that ballot that you simply simply referenced, the PBS/NPR/Marist ballot, overwhelmingly, Individuals throughout the political spectrum, 80 p.c of Individuals, Democrat, Republican, impartial, say democracy is in danger.
There are points which are dividing this nation that put our democracy in danger. However what these points are differ by get together. January 6, as you identified, not seen by Republicans as a menace to democracy, overwhelmingly seen by Democrats as a menace to democracy.
Apparently sufficient, although, it is solely about 40 p.c of independents who consider that January 6 was a menace to democracy. Then you definitely go to the query — this was in a CBS ballot that got here out this weekend — what about voting illegally? Do you assume that may be a main menace to democracy?
Overwhelming variety of Republicans mentioned, completely; 60 p.c of Democrats mentioned it is not a serious menace. So you possibly can compartmentalize — and that is what individuals are doing — about what constitutes a menace, what’s an existential fear for our democracy. It isn’t coming from us. It is coming from them.
It is attention-grabbing too. I am going again 20 years to the 2000 election, Judy, which was additionally extremely contentious, the place you had plenty of individuals who thought — on this case, Democrats who thought that the election was — needs to be invalid, or that President Bush was given the presidency, and in a means that was not appropriate, due to the Supreme Court docket weighing in on the finish.
And but, two years later, by overwhelming consensus, Democrats, Republicans within the Home and the Senate, handed reforms to the voting course of due to all the eye. Bear in mind these butterfly ballots and the hanging chads. There was consensus that whereas possibly you have been upset concerning the final result of the election, that each side agreed, we do want to repair what went unsuitable on Election Day.
Now the thought of what went unsuitable on Election Day, nicely, will depend on which aspect you are sitting on.