No one really has the inclination to sit through tomorrow night's Presidential debate, right? In this day and age, we just want to cut to the chase -- who will be judged the winner? And in this single regard -- judging who won -- the outcome is a foregone conclusion. Thanks to powers I never knew I had (and to the great folks at the Media Research Center), I have been able to capture for your benefit video excerpts from Thursday's TV shows (and Friday's, and Saturday's, and Sunday's... ad infinitum, or rather -- ad electionem, since they don't need to carry on beyond that point), which are self-explanatory.
Here, for example, is Piers Morgan's take on the debate:
And here is the incomparable Chris Matthews, with superlatives that only he can summon:
As for Mitt Romney? How did he do? Well, here is (former) CNN correspondent Bob Franken, telling you what he thinks of Republicans like Gov. Romney:
Once again, I give you Chris Matthews on the Republican point of view:
And for a fresh perspective on the Republicans, here is Thomas Roberts, of MSNBC live:
And -- oh, but wait: Here is Howard Fineman, formerly chief political correspondent for that formerly leading and influential periodical Newsweek:
Not even Paul Ryan could escape the devastating media critique. Here is the Today show co-host Ann Curry, questioning him about the sheer cruelty of his proposed budget:
Oh, yes -- the celebrities' reaction to the debate. How could I have forgotten? Here, for instance, is David Letterman waxing flatulent over the President's courage:
And, for a parting shot from Hollywood, how about this one from Sean Penn:
Now, do you see? I have just spared you hours and hours of the doldrums. You don't need to wait for Wednesday night -- instead, take your spouse out and enjoy a nice dinner. And instead of turning on the TV for the rest of the week, go to the library and check out a book you never would otherwise have considered. (If you would like a suggestion, you might try Erasmus, The Praise of Folly.) You will thank me on Sunday.