The Biden-Harris battle to redeem their country
Their victory gives the United States of America a new chance to live up to its stated ideals and renew its influence across the world. But they face a daunting economic challenge
Democrat Joe Biden won the 2020 election to the White House on Saturday, once it was clear that his count of electors in America’s electoral college had crossed the halfway mark of 269. Whoops of joy and sighs of relief were in evidence across the world, as expectations climaxed of an end to a “grim era of demonization", in President-Elect Biden’s words, and the return of decorum and decency in high office. It was unclear if Donald Trump would concede defeat with grace or continue to pose legal hurdles. Either way, Kamala Harris looked set to be America’s first woman vice-president, a fact that may have redeemed the country in the eyes of those who saw its claim to global leadership hobbled by a patriarchal power complex. With a record 75 million-plus votes for the Biden-Harris ticket, the famed land of cowboys was seen to have taken a double leap—a giddy-up for both racial and gender justice. Back home, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the early heads of state to tweet Biden official congratulations, calling it a “spectacular victory" and saying he looked forward to working closely with him for India-US relations to attain “greater heights". Given the current dynamics of the trans-Pacific contest for global primacy, this should not be hard to achieve.