With the exception of 2000, every single presidential election in modern U.S. history was considered to be, for de facto purposes, over once it was clear that one candidate had hit 270. Although it was known that the states would take weeks more to certify results and the electoral slates wouldn’t be sent and voted on a month later, that was just a mere formal technicality that nobody even paid attention to.
But now, it’s clear that the election isn’t over even when/if Biden hit 270. Now the certification process itself is considered a game to play. The Electoral College itself is a game to play.
By analogy, it’s like as if, when one team scored a touchdown, and the officials put six points on the board, the six points was on the board - it’s time to move on to the next play. You could grumble and complain that the touchdown wasn’t fair - maybe there was a foot out of bounds, or pass interference - but once the points were on the board, they were on the board. But now, even the scoreboard itself is considered to be in play. Suddenly, now, the head coach interferes with the officials and tries to prevent them from physically putting six points on the scoreboard.
Is this going to be the new norm?