By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
There's nothing like a quick tour of world news today to put a number of things in perspective. Read about what's brewing in South America -- today a person in a position to know indicated to us that we'd be well-counseled to keep a close eye on the situation, just as the U.S. government is doing. There are the election results in Russia, the rockets coming from Gaza, the U.S. action in Somalia, and the Iran situation. It's all sobering, and it does tend to frame what we're going through and talking about (or NOT talking about) as a nation.
Joe Klein of TIME magazine attributes so much of what we're seeing in the campaign to sheer exhaustion -- and I agree with him. The candidates are almost sleep-walking through their final stops prior to the vote tomorrow. They make mistakes, and they say things that perhaps they normally would not -- even though it might seem like a good idea at the time. And as ugly as it gets in public, it's sometimes much worse behind the scenes.
Today's required reading: Evan Thomas's Newsweek cover story on William F. Buckley, and Lauren Collins' profile of Michelle Obama in the New Yorker.
We are busy and running hard. We have a good broadcast planned for tonight, as we gear up for yet another big vote tomorrow. thanks for watching.