Well this is it. On Long Island, New York, at Hofstra University, an echt commuter college with an emblem and a few mockxford-style buildings, they’re setting up for the second presidential debate — and the second one Hofstra has held.
Having hosted the event in ’08, the place has turned itself into politics central. Indeed, it abolished its football team to pay for the event (“they were terrible” said one college grandee, when asked about this sacrilegious move), and the student body has taken up the new branding enthusiastically, turning the day into a huge celebration of mainstream American politics, which is a pretty quintessentially nerdy thing to do. Last time around there was a carnivalesque air, and not too much heaviness, save for around the debate area central. This time, the multitudes have descended, and the place is in lockdown.