ON COUNTLESS ISSUES, Americans are more divided than ever. But if there's one thing we agree on, it's that the 2020 election is the most important any of us has ever experienced.
That's what President Trump told a Wisconsin rally last month ("This is the most important election in the history of our country") and it's what Kamala Harris declared as the Democratic National Convention opened ("I firmly, in my heart and in my soul, know that this is the most important election of our lifetime"). You probably agree with them: In a YouGov survey of more than 6,500 Americans, seven in 10 respondents agreed that the 2020 presidential election is the most important of their lifetime.
So what else is new? Every presidential election is the most important election.
Just ask Joe Biden.
On the eve of Election Day in 2016, the then-vice president told a crowd in Virginia that "there has never been a more important tomorrow in modern electoral history." Four years before that, campaigning in Iowa, Biden said the 2012 race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney could be described without "hyperbole or an exaggeration" as "the most important election [and] the starkest choice between candidates we've seen in our lifetime." That's pretty much what he said in 2008, when Obama and John McCain were on the ballot: "This is the most important election you will ever, ever have voted in, any of you, since 1932." Earlier still, stumping for John Kerry in 2004, Biden assured voters that "this is the single most important election in your lifetime." . . .