Such actions by the Republicans are driven by two factors: their growing realization that demographic and other social changes may make it harder for the party to win fair elections — and the necessity of appeasing a political base that believes Trump’s lies about U.S. elections. Both factors have prompted increasingly extreme efforts to rig the system in their favor. I call this Republican dynamic the “authoritarian doom loop.” These days, it seems unstoppable, a vicious cycle with no obvious end.
But don’t give up hope just yet. American politics is already offering practical solutions. Just consider the situation of another leading Republican woman in Congress: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).