by Max Brantley
Both sides play on fear of the other as the presidential election rolls to its conclusion today, Brummett writes. That's not a particularly hopeful recipe, is it? Thinking about it now, I realize that "change," a powerful word to many is also a fearful word to the many who find comfort in the status quo.
And speaking of fear: What if all the polls are wrong?
EARLY RETURNS: Obama won Dixville Notch 15-6, but fivethirtyeight.com notes that results there are historically meaningless even if it nearly always goes Republican.
(Obama volunteer Stacy Sells provided the photo above from a closing rally in Missouri yesterday. And Larry Woodall of Springdale captured the sign of the times below. Duck and cover.)