US Election Week diary: New Yorkers and their attitudes towards the new president

Sarah Palin’s selection as John McCain’s running mate aroused unprecedented rage and delight, especially among women – but why?

‘New York feels much calmer than London about the financial crisis. It’s not clear if this attitude is a product of resignation or sheer denial, schadenfreude against wealthy financiers, or perhaps a kind of emotional hardiness born of the 9/11 attacks.’

Governor Palin may be inexperienced but she owes her huge popularity in Alaska to getting things done

Barack Obama’s running mate is vastly experienced in getting foreign policy decisions wrong

Barack Obama has the mood, the momentum and the money in his favour – but John McCain’s character and record could yet swing November’s presidential election for the Republicans