It's sorta like a graphic novel (er, graphic short story?) and sorta like a pop-up book—I'm sure there's a name for this kind of thing already. Whatever you call it, it's soothing to take a break from the supercharged U.S. media and look at the past few months from the Guardian's perspective. Even if only for a few seconds. Then it's back to the grind.
All of this leaves Mr. Romney drawing to an inside straight. I hope you’ll excuse the cliché, but it’s appropriate here: in poker, making an inside straight requires you to catch one of 4 cards out of 48 remaining in the deck, the chances of which are about 8 percent. Those are now about Mr. Romney’s chances of winning the Electoral College, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast.
As any poker player knows, those 8 percent chances do come up once in a while. If it happens this year, then a lot of polling firms will have to re-examine their assumptions — and we will have to re-examine ours about how trustworthy the polls are. But the odds are that Mr. Obama will win another term.