I don't expect any of the "landslide" numbers to be consoling. All that a 53-44 landslide split in favor of Biden (as the polls have it and polls are increasingly bad as an instrument) signals - compared to a closer and more realistic 49-47 - is a reduced probability of legalistic challenges and Republican undercutting. It doesn't comfort me in the least that "only" 44% would have voted for Mr Despicable. Even if the numbers were to have been 75-25, why would I find comfort that "only" a quarter of this population is irredeemiably racist?

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