The bet heard ’round the misguided country

-by Kid Bucket-

I don’t know how many of you were watching the debate last Saturday (as always, I was—I also live tweet them all) but I thought this was the best one so far. The gloves came off and there were punches being thrown by all the candidates; needless to say it made great television. But among the classic jabs was THE BET! WHAAAAAT!

In case you didn’t see it, THE BET consisted of Perry anemically lying about Romney, and Romney betting him $10,000 he was wrong.

“$10,000!” America gasped. “How can he throw it in our face that he is worth over 200 million smackeroonis!”

Because it’s not the point. Why would we, as Americans, want to pay attention to fact when we could focus on meaningless bullshit. That’s what these debates have become anyways.

When you have 1000 debates of course they are going to be meaningless. In the aftermath of these debates, is a candidate’s gaffe not the only thing that gets covered? Heaven forbid that the AP fact checks, which consistently find numerous “mis-speaks” (because no candidate would lie, right?), be covered by the media. Exposing the pandering would be ridiculous! We need horrible talking heads like Glenn Beck, Keith Olberman, Rachel Maddow, and Bill O’Reilly talking about the performances and not the facts. They tell us what we want to hear, because hearing something we didn’t already agree with might make us question our beliefs, and who wants what?

During the debate that gave us Rick Perry’s “Oops” Moment, there were numerous “mis-speaks” by the candidates (most came from Cain though, whom we sadly don’t have to look forward to anymore) that were not covered by anyone but the AP. Rick Perry shouldn’t be down in the polls because of his debate performances—he should be down in the polls because most of the other shit he has done (starting off with a church revival and the recent ad that already has over 600,000 dislikes). Gays serving openly in the military obviously has nothing to do with kid’s having Holiday parties instead of Christmas parties in their school. Every rational person knows that, or at least I hope they do.

Too bad Hope isn’t something that is easily found anymore.

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