Matt Towery

Let's face it: There are just too many boring presidential debates with boring presidential candidates this go-round.

First off, could we please see at least one debate in which the moderator or questioners don't try to dominate the airtime? Seeing an endless sea of middle-age to darn-near-dead white men on a stage is bad enough, but having to listen to the "journalists" interact as if it were a talk show makes these debates excruciatingly painful to watch.

Second, isn't it time everyone owns up to the fact that -- had he not been labeled "a nut" by the establishment early on -- Ron Paul is by far the most interesting candidate in the entire GOP field? Don't these other guys get it that repeating the same old tired phrases about "economic growth" and "free markets" is just driving their most conservative base into fits of rage?

I have never seen a bigger cast of one-inch deep characters in my life as we have in both parties this time. Hillary is so far ahead that it makes no sense for her to throw even a five-yard pass, much less a Hail Mary. Barack Obama seems so wrapped up in his charisma that he's lost the concept of having any real substance. For my money, Joe Biden has been the only one on the Democratic side willing to take a few risks or venture into any degree of opposing viewpoints.

As for Fred Thompson, will someone please give this guy a test and see if he's alive? Don't get me wrong: I like Thompson personally, but muttering semi-Reaganesque terms such as "indexing for inflation" is so out of date that the bored audience is left in the dark as to what he's trying to say.

As for the Mitt and Rudy show, what a battle over nothing. Romney looks like the Ultra Brite toothpaste pitchman, and Rudy looks like a character out of the Harry Potter series. They split hairs, as they all propose basically the same policies and dodge their pasts, either personal or political.

And here's the real kicker: Our surveys show that virtually no one is watching these little gems. So all the rooms filled with spinmeisters and all the column inches wasted on these non-debate debates are a relative waste of time.

So here's the bottom line, candidates and pundits. We all started this presidential season way too early. Think about it. John McCain has crashed, burned and come back to life at least twice before the first primary. This isn't a race for the nomination as much as it's a battle to see who will still be alive by the time the caucuses and primaries are held!

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery