Despite Joe Biden being a better candidate than Hillary Clinton–he beat Bernie Sanders 65%-35% in a two-person race while she only beat Sanders 55%-45% in the same situation–Donald Trump’s best chance at reelection is that Biden’s net favorability is as far underwater as the president’s is:
The subsequent electoral map shows in red states where Trump’s net favorability is positive, in blue states where Biden’s net favorability is positive, in light brown states where both candidates’ net favorability is negative, and in invisible states where both candidates’ net favorability is positive:
Ranked-choice voting might improve things, but it would fundamentally change the political dynamic from one where people vote against the person who scares them the most into one where people vote for the person they’d knock on doors for. From the Uniparty’s perspective, that is catastrophic and so it will never happen.
Or maybe people really are ready for the meteoric rise of a third-party candidate: