Is there anything better than the week before Halloween in an important election year? Anything better than a perfect slice of sunny, golden autumn with a thing icing of nighttime frost, than crispy fallen leaves and campaign signs in every yard? Than the electricity of fresh poll data and free candy? Homemade costumes and presidential buttons and pumpkin carving and apple cider and good, old-fashioned civic duty?
You can keep your Fourth of July: this week is everything I need to know about being an American.