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Debate Venting

DEBATE VENTING....I know this is almost too obvious to bear repeating, but are we really all so stupid that we judge participants in presidential debates by who gets off the best prepackaged zingers? I mean, we do all understand that these things are written ahead of time by staffers and then desperately plugged in by the candidates come hell or high water, regardless of whether they actually make sense in context, right? And that they're about as genuine as a 70s-era laughtrack?

No need to reply. I know the answers are (a) yes, (b) yes, and (c) yes. I'm just venting.