The American election drama has so far had the effect of delegitimizing virtually every institution that it sucks into its vortex. Voting and politics have lost credibility. Lawyers and the courts seem lost in arcane arguments and slanted verdicts. The U.S. Supreme Court no longer appears above the fray. And then there's the media, which continue to come off as a one-note pack, breathlessly scurrying to pump out "breaking news" while chasing lawyers and their "contests" in a way that often misses more important stories.