I confess...I did not watch the Republican debate the other night: much less the Democratic debate awhile back. Friends of mine are astonished, and wonder if I'm under the weather.
No, I'm not under the weather, I'm just not very interested. What the politicians should do, I know right well: what they'll actually do, only God can tell. In any case, it's too early to listen to this business, and I don't generally start paying attention till the weak sisters -- i.e. the candidates with no money or organization -- start dropping out.
Also, I generally find retail politics and vote-shilling boring beyond belief. I'm extremely interested in policy, and in what candidates for public office actually think and write and believe -- but you'll get none of that on television. All that we see on the idiot box is a show featuring carefully scripted and marketed pabulum, precisely calculated and calibrated to appeal to whatever group of voters the handlers find most interesting at present. The only interest is in watching for gotcha moments. In truth I find it deeply repulsive: the more I see of election season, the more I think monarchy has a lot to be said for it.