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Hey, it’s all show biz, folks!

Step right up, and get you some snake oil!

Boy, do they have a lot to sell.

I doubt anyone dreamed we would be inundated with political debates aimed at influencing voters toward a choice for the GOP presidential nominee.

One or two or a few debates – that’s about what we’ve experienced before, but this political season, there already have been 17 with two more scheduled for this week!

Hey guys, enough is enough!

We’re up to our ears in politics, but with so many debates, and more on the way, they’ve turned into a political version of old-fashioned tent revivals.

Lots of flash and sleight of hand and questionable truths.

These revivals aren’t held in dusty, hot tents in a vacant field on hot summer nights but the comparison isn’t that far off.

You have the “preacher-media gods” at the desk, delivering challenges and questioning under the guise of all-knowing, wise seers. They exude the aura that they have the power over the future of the candidates and, indeed, of the country.

You have the candidates seeking the ultimate thumbs-up and acceptance so important to their political futures.

And both sides measure success by the reaction of the folks in the bleachers. Hundreds in attendance are there to see the show – to see candidates sweat and squirm as questions and challenges are thrown at them, some fair – some not.

Debates generally have been considered political question-and-answer forums that are supposed to inform voters of the positives and negatives of the candidates. They’ll also ultimately thin out the field.

That may have been the case originally, but as soon as television came along, and now with the flood of networks and cable outlets, they’ve turned into an opportunity for career enhancement for the hosts.

Maybe.

That was the idea, but not this year. The candidates this year are probably the most feisty and outspoken of any I’ve seen. As weeks have passed, the debates have progressed from political theater to real theater.

As the media juggle formats and questions and candidate’s responses, they also measure their “success” by the responses of the audiences. It’s clear they’re learning a few things.

And it’s about time.

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