They’re having another Republican debate tonight on CNBC. I watched it for about ten minutes. It was useless. There isn’t an honest bone in any of those clowns’ bodies. They’ve all basically agreed to pretend to believe a bunch of complete bullshit, which they can all more or less spew forth on demand. The only one with the true capacity to surprise is Ron Paul. And he’s the only one who ever veers off the beaten path. The only thing that could possibly be interesting about any of these debates is when someone screws up their lines and accidentally says something true. Rick Perry tried that a couple of times and he never recovered. Voters are not learning anything by watching these debates. They’re just being misinformed and presented with an alternate reality that is quite different from anything normal people experience in their lives. Unless you are immersed in right-wing talk radio and Fox News, most of what they’re saying doesn’t even have a passing relationship to your understanding of the world. Their statistics are fabricated. The problems they identify don’t even exist. Their solutions are not plausible on any level you might want to consider. It’s really a lot more like pro wrestling than actual politics. Except it’s actually less entertaining than actual politics, which proves they’re doing it wrong. Even Herman Cain, who was providing some consistent comedic value for a while, is no longer funny now that he’s trying to explain how many women he’s never harassed. I know it’s hard to write about a presidential campaign if you don’t watch the debates, but I just can’t do it. My capacity to imbibe The Stupid has been maxed out.

But, hey, if you want to document the atrocities, be my guest.

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