The alluring fantasy of Biden ending the imperial presidency

President-elect Joe Biden will be 78 by the time he’s inaugurated, which does not preclude the possibility of a second term but hardly makes it likely. And he has not been elected, like President Trump and former President Barack Obama before him, significantly because of his personal appeal to his base. If anything, Biden’s relative blandness has been his selling point: “He’ll just be normal,” was the pitch. He’ll take us back to a pre-Trump calm.

These two factors position Biden to do something truly remarkable as president, two recent articles at Politico propose. His quieter charisma and more legislative style of governance “could end the cult of personality that has shadowed the Oval Office for generations,” writes John Harris in



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