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It’s been a sobering two nights watching the two Democratic presidential debates this week while also keeping an eye on the way the Conservative Party is going about picking their new leader and Britain’s next Prime Minister. In the UK we sometimes worry about having too little scrutiny of the candidates (and, certainly, after the BBC’s lamentable one-hour show, that seems a justified complaint), but the situation in the US is reversed. How is it possible to seriously follow politics when there’s so damn much of it?
Four hours of questions and answers over two nights felt excessive but this was only the beginning. There’ll be another two-nights of debates at the end of July, but they too only mark the end of the first spasm of the campaign. The DNC will then raise the bar, allowing only those candidates with 2% of support in at least four polls to go through to the next series of the debates. Thus far, the only winners are those sadists who enjoy watching politicians sweat on a hot stage.