This year, I am tentatively thankful for the possibility that politics might be fun again.
The U.S. isn't yet out of the woods. There remain serious threats to the republic. But the defeat of anti-democracy candidates in key elections, especially in swing states, was a major victory for the rule of law and constitutional government. This will be even more true if Republicans view the 2022 midterms as an example of what happens when a party rejects democracy. If that message sinks in, politics in the U.S. might become a lot less fraught.