But first, read this
Ezra Klein’s essay in Vox may be the most interesting story you read on Election Day. Klein explains how Trump uncovered the flaw in the American political process: We live in age when parties are weak but partisanship is strong, meaning parties can’t control who gets nominated, but they’ll vote for whoever the nominee is.
Gang of Four
Ron Brownstein on the four groups that will decide the presidential election. Via the Atlantic.
On the last day, crisscrossing the country, were Trump and family (minus Melania), three Clintons, two Obamas, witches, demons, Bruce, Jon Bon Jovi and Lady Gaga. Via the Washington Post.
The last vote
The great Roger Angell on his 19th and what he calls his most important vote. Via the New Yorker.
If you were wondering, as the Trump campaign still does, how the FBI reviewed 650,000 emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop in a week, the answer is easy: They didn’t. They only had to review those involving Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, which numbered only in the thousands. And most of those were duplicates the FBI had already reviewed. And that’s our math lesson for the day — until they start counting ballots, anyway. Via the New York Times.
The Los Angeles Times comes to Colorado to note that if the Democrats win back the Senate in the state legislature, both houses would be led by Latinas: Lucia Guzman as Senate president and Crisanta Duran as House speaker.
The same tune
Dana Milbank of the Washington Post watches Donald Trump’s closing ad and concludes that anti-Semitism is no longer an undertone of the Trump campaign. Milbank says it’s the melody.
Everything to lose
Singer/activist Harry Belafonte takes on Donald Trump’s question of what voters have to lose in a Trump presidency. His answer: Everything. Via the New York Times.
The National Review has a rundown of the Senate races, which may be far closer , and possibly more consequential, than the presidential race.
If Clinton wins and Democrats take back the Senate, what happens to Merrick Garland? Via the New Yorker.