Given the apparent tightness of the race, this is going to be an exciting fortnight of a spectacle. There’s plenty of room on TV, the Internet, and elsewhere for content about both the horserace and the serious challenges the country faces.

But, with neither candidate wanting to spell out in real detail what they will do if elected on taxes and spending, we’ve all got make an extra effort to press them and their surrogates and advisers for specifics. And that includes the media.