"But it was Bloomberg, the non-Democrat, who boiled the stakes of the election down to its essence. 'We must unite around the candidate who can defeat a dangerous demagogue,' he said. His ad-libbed conclusion was rousing even in its almost comic lack of praise for the nominee he endorsed: 'Let's elect a sane, competent person.'"
Jonathan Chait at New York reacts to "the election in its essence."
And Chait frames the election as "whether a small-d democrat will defeat an authoritarian."