Today is the first Presidential debate. It may determine who'll be our next chief executive. Will I be watching? No.
For years--as far back as the 90s--I have been avoiding debates, speeches, almost any appearances of politicians. I find it better for my digestion. Most of the things they say are annoying, since they manage to promise everything while saying very little. (Actually, they sometimes make specific promises which end up being annoying as well.) Having to watch them speak in real time isn't worth it.
Reading a transcript is much more enjoyable. You can stop whenever you like. You can speed through or skip past the most irritating parts. And you can drill in on something if it truly makes you laugh.
I admit Trump adds a new element. He's a compelling figure because you never know what will come out of his mouth. But it's still not worth it. I'll forgo the joy of seeing something unexpected to avoid all the disturbing things that will predictably be said.
So don't expect a deep analysis of tonight's debate the next day on this blog (from me, anyway). And certainly don't expect liveblogging. I've got over a hundred channels--there's got to be something worth watching when they talk. Or maybe I'll just read a book.