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Wed Nov 4, 2020, 10:52 AM Nov 2020

Angst about the closeness of Joe Biden's imminent win misses what we've accomplished [View all]

...it stands to any reason that a victory is important here, but this one shouldn't be looked at like it's some kind of harbinger of a hopelessly broken electorate.

If you thought our racial and social divisions were going to be solved on election day, you might be a bit disappointed this morning, even as we angle to unseat the defacto leader of the nation's white supremacist movement. But you're on the right track in expecting for the election to begin the task of reparing some of the tears to our social fabric.

Here's the thing. Achieving the presidency will be just as consequential as it was for Trump's ascendance to office-this time for the good. There will be actual leadership, changing outcomes for Americans and changing minds.

This time we will have a president who got to office with the support of a clear majority of votes cast, something which appears to be a Democratic hallmark, a measure of legitimacy not shared by the opposition. Moreover, Joe Biden will have achieved the presidency against a virulently autocratic incumbent, something remarkable and significant no matter how you view the strength of the incumbency.

Look at what Trump did with three million-plus votes in the hole. Joe Biden will exceed that 2016 margin and begin governing with the actual support of a majority of Americans. Imagine that.

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