CNN anchor John King’s relentless badgering of Republican presidential hopefuls to keep their answers between 20 and 30 seconds in the New Hampshire “debate” Monday night exemplified just what is wrong with these cattle shows. Complicated issues take some time to be explained and discussed. You don’t just run down a lineup and demand 30 seconds from each participant. To make matters worse, many of the questions were answered with stock propaganda replies, long since memorized — many not at all germane to the questions being asked.

An ailing economy, changes in entitlements (especially Medicare), and job growth dominated the discussion, but one of the biggest issues of all, the proliferation of nuclear weapons to North Korea and Iran, was never mentioned by anyone. Yet, in the long run, nuclear proliferation may have more impact on our lives than anything discussed Monday night.