The US Supreme Court dismissed the Texas election challenge on procedural grounds, and did not reach the merits. As much as the Supreme Court may not want to choose the President, there is a far greater likelihood of national violence and splintering without a Supreme Court decision on the merits of these election challenges.

It does not matter which way the Supreme Court decides the issue. It is only important that they do so. Without a resolution there are going to be ongoing conflicts from the serious charges raised about irregularities in voting that will only grow over time. But a Supreme Court decision will operate to stabilize the unrest. We may not like a referee’s call during a game, but both sides accept the outcome, even if it is a bad call.

The Supreme Court may not want to or like deciding the challenge on the merits. But shirking that responsibility will prove to be destructive in the long run.