After nearly two years of bitterness and rancour, the United States will elect its 45th President on Tuesday. The winner will inherit an anxious nation, angry and distrustful of leaders in Washington. The President will preside over an economy that is improving but still leaving many behind, and a military less extended abroad than eight years ago, but grappling with new terror threats.
Whether the glass ceiling shatters or not, precedent will.
Never before has the country had a woman as President, not to mention the spouse of an ex-President. Never before has the country had a President like, well, Donald Trump, unique in lacking the public-service background that everyone in our lifetimes and deeper into the past brought to the office (both his weakness and his strength). Whether the 45th President is Hillary Clinton or the billionaire outsider, the U.S. is turning a corner.