You know all the work and all the worrying and all the strategy and all the tragedy and all the sturm and all the drang and all the sound and all the fury that have, together, comprised the epic Campaign of 2008?

Well. All the diffuse drama will itself diffuse, on November 4, into some combination of machines, paper, and people. Each of which, in various ways, has been known to break down.

Fabulous.

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.