Magazine November 2, 2020, Issue

Choose Your Own Election

Then-president Donald Trump and then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speak during the first 2020 presidential campaign debate in Cleveland, Ohio, September 29, 2020. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

This piece runs too close to the election to make predictions, so I’ll channel the mainstream media and provide sheets of clichés. You can play National Review editor! Just grab a pen and cross out the words and sentences that don’t apply. When you’re done you’ll have a perfect chattering-class boilerplate think-piece.

Let’s begin.

“It’s finally over. The trials of 2020 were (ended / exacerbated) by an election that gave the nation (finality / an attenuated sense of anguish) when (Joe Biden / Donald Trump) found himself the (clear winner / contested loser) of an election many observers called (the …

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