Only winners and losers in America's zero-sum politics

The Electoral College has sealed Joe Biden's presidential victory, but the assault on US democratic institutions threatens a new normal for future elections and signals a dangerous erosion of foundational civic attitudes

Supporters of president-elect Joe Biden celebrate his victory in the 2020 presidential election outside the Chase Centre in Wilmington, Delaware on Nov 7, 2020. PHOTO: AFP
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"All's well that ends well", famously wrote William Shakespeare. But novelist Deborah Moggach's turn on the notion, rendered famous by the 2011 film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - "Everything will be all right in the end; if it is not all right, it is not the end" - better captures the meaning of US politics during the month since the Nov 3 election.

Now that the Electoral College has set its seal on Democrat Joe Biden's victory and we are finally past any reasonable prospect that President Donald Trump and his Republican Party can steal the election through Big Lies and legal chicanery, we can summarise what has happened and what it means.

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