For example, Romney says he has a revenue-neutral tax cut plan yet can't explain the math. But he also says it's never been tried before, and he seems excited about it. We also know that Romney has a business background, so, hey, maybe he has the secret sauce and should be given the benefit of the doubt. Obama supporters, meanwhile, didn't see a listless president thoroughly lacking in the kind of passion and energy required to overcome the economic quicksand into which the nation has been sinking -- but rather someone who was just being "polite."
Particularly in the first 30 minutes of the debate, these two peacocks preened and postured while attempting to woo voters with a language that sounded like something that would result from a tax policy manual mating with a focus group report.
Many viewers were either asleep or lost until Romney mentioned a "Sesame Street" character. Suddenly, social media went nuts with people Photoshopping Big Bird and his friends under bumper sticker sayings like "Occupy Sesame Street!"
Perhaps in the next debate every critical point can be made with a pop-culture reference. Immigration policy can have a Justin Bieber hook. Foreign policy can be linked to George Clooney. Any issues touching the American family can be channeled through discussion of TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."
Critical thinkers are going to have to dig on their own to get real answers anyway. So for the rest of us, the process may as well be entertaining.