The Most Important Election of Our Lifetimes (or Not)

For the next six weeks, you are going to be hearing once again, and constantly, that this is the most important election of our lifetime and possibly the last free election we’ll ever have.

I’ve heard this about every single election I have ever followed: It is the most important ever and democracy itself and even the survival of the country is at stake. This time around, it comes most recently from Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex—because who better to talk about American elections than British royals? They tell us: “Every four years, we’re told, ‘This is the most important election of our lifetime.’ But this one is.”

Every election, it seems, is most importanter than the last.

This is always an exaggeration, but it raises an interesting question. What wasthe most important presidential election of our lifetimes—and how can we even tell?

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