Joe Biden just won the election for president of the United States — at long last. He won more votes than any American president in history, and he unseated the incumbent Donald Trump. So why doesn’t this huge win feel better?
Maybe because we all have whiplash.
This whole process has been a rollercoaster. The lead-up to Biden’s victory on Friday was slow and anticlimactic. As the results rolled in on Tuesday night, the numbers looked like they were stacking up in Donald Trump’s favor; he won Ohio and Florida, two big Electoral College prizes, and staved off insurgency in Texas. Biden’s gains came more slowly, stacking up Wednesday and Thursday and, finally, tipping in his favor in Pennsylvania on Friday morning.
But by the end of election night, it was clear that more Americans had cast a ballot for Biden than for any other presidential candidate ever, and for the seventh time in eight elections, the Democratic candidate had won the popular vote. And yet, because of our fundamentally undemocratic Electoral College system, Republican presidents have served three of those terms, and as the nation waited, Trump threatened to hold on to a fourth.
Over the last four years, Trump has made clear that he is the president of Red America only, not the entirety of America, and that he is happy to leave blue state residents to suffer. He palled around with dictators and strongmen while rejecting America’s longtime allies, tearing up our international commitments, and making our nation an international laughingstock. He stripped children from their migrant parents, introducing the heart-shattering term “tender age shelter” — facilities for toddlers and infants who had been pulled from their parents’ arms — into the American lexicon. And he has lied,
undermined faith in American democratic systems, and torn the nation apart. (Not to mention all the racism, sexism, and sexual assault accusations).
We knew the “blue shift” would happen slowly. The pandemic meant a huge uptick in early and mail-in voting, and the refusal of Republicans in key states to allow those ballots to be processed early ensured it would take additional hours, if not days, to finally get clear results. We also knew that those mail-in and early votes that would be counted slower would lean Democratic: Biden urged his supporters to vote by mail, while Trump told his to show up in person.
And then there is the absurd fact that winning millions more votes than your opponent does not necessarily mean that you win a presidential election in America. The election could have all been called on Tuesday night if the U.S. had a simple “one person, one vote” system. But we instead, we have a fundamentally undemocratic one — and this time around, it left us all hanging.
This also feels less than thrilling because there was another option: A Tuesday-night Biden landslide so huge that it would sweep away all of our anxieties. It seemed unlikely, but some of us who have nurtured a little flame of hope through four dark years allowed ourselves to consider it. After all, a deadly virus has ravaged the United States, killing more than 230,000 people and devastating the economy. Trump has shrugged it off, rejected the advice of public health officials, and politicized the pandemic response. He has failed to bail Americans out, leaving many struggling and financially insecure while he crows about stock market returns that are largely meaningless to the kitchen-table economics of most American families.
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