American Institutions Are Strong Enough to Handle a Muddled Transition


This op-ed originally appeared in Barron’s on 11/17/20


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Outgoing President Donald Trump does not appear close to conceding the election. But for the incoming Biden-Harris administration, it doesn’t matter whether the president goes through a full cycle of election grief before he leaves office. Court case after court case challenging the election results has failed. The final state tallies will be official within weeks. And Republican leaders in key states have assured the public that there will be no switching of Electoral College votes against the demonstrated will of the electorate. 

Nothing Trump does will stop the arrival of a new administration. A career federal service, maligned and weakened over the past four years, will have prepared for the arrival of a new administration. That is the hallmark of a functioning democracy—institutions prevail.

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