I agree with Guy. There's supposed to be a distinction, but in reality there really isn't one. The result is just split discussion and redundancy, with no observable benefit. It just has people talking about the same thing in two different threads (a few people regularly post the same comment in both threads intentionally). You can just lock the election thread and have election discussion in US politics. Major topics that have the potential to clutter the thread already have their own Senate threads. Cancel culture, Supreme Court, Race Relations, etc. There's really not a lot of leftover topics outside the election. It took some thought to come up with the Whitmer example.