The Economist: 7 – 13 November 2020


Only once in the past 40 years has a president been denied a second term. Mr. Trump will lose the popular vote by, we reckon, 52% to 47% — only the electoral college’s bias towards rural voters saved him from a crushing defeat. This is a repudiation of sorts.

A Biden White House would also set a wholly new tone. The all-caps tweets and the constant needling of partisan divisions would go. So would the self-dealing, the habitual lying and the use of governmental departments to pursue personal vendettas. Mr. Biden is a decent man who, after the polls closed, vowed to govern as a unifier. His victory would change American policy in areas from climate to immigration.


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