It’s genuinely shocking to realize how much of the American electoral process is less about laws and codified procedures and more about elected officials not being dicks. Think about it: The whole idea of a “peaceful transfer of power” is that the loser isn’t a dick about it. What we’ve learned since the 2020 election is that all it takes to start wrecking the entire system is for the loser to decide, “Yeah, I’m gonna be a dick about it” and move ahead with tearing shit apart. And it seems like there’s no law that says, “Whoa, whoa, you can’t be a dick even if you want to be one.”
But the legal system, you know, the whole Law and Order shit, does have a way to put dicks away so that they can’t spread their dickishness far and wide.