(Note: I have deliberately waited until the election appears to be sufficiently settled. I think we have reached a point were we can safely assume there is no plausible path forward for Donald Trump in the Electoral College.)
Taking EVERYTHING that has happened this week into account. Not just the Presidential race, but the Senate races, House races, state legislative races and State referendums.
2020 was NOT a contest between conservatism and liberalism or even Republicanism and Democratism.
2020 was, at its core, a contest between the last four years and normalcy. Between a garish, narcissistic, impulse control lacking, uncouth sociopath on one side and a boring milquetoast on the other. The American people strongly choose the boring milquetoast and by extension, normalcy.
It is easy to reach this conclusion. Democrats gave up very minor ground in the House of Representatives and for the most part fell short in the Senate. State legislative races have been a mixed bag to this point. And as for State referendums, both sides have scored victories, Republicans knocking down affirmative action in California and Democrats scoring a $15.00 an hour minimum wage in Florida.
It was not conservatism or liberalism that ruled the day in 2020.
It was decency and civility and perhaps just a bit of shame. Enough Republicans displayed enough sense of shame that they set aside their partisan views and crossed the aisle to vote for a man they might disagree with on policy, but who was basically a decent man.
A record number of Americans, 73,572,422 (a number that could push near 80,000,000 by the time all the votes are tallied) spoke and their voice loudly and clearly indicates that they demand a “return to normalcy”, i.e. decency and civility in the White House.