This has to stop.
We can’t do another election like this. I don’t mean the outcome — I don’t anticipate being happy about that, either, but as I write this on Tuesday, it’s still unknown. Nor do I mean the election process proper — proposals like moving to a national popular vote (which would require a constitutional amendment) or changes to voting method (which would take state-by-state legislation).
I mean what we commonly call “the election,” which is more precisely the presidential campaign season, an utter fiasco that consumes half our public attention half the time and makes our country meaner, stupider, and more frightening.