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Words effectively escape me at this most recent development in what has already been a rather absurd Republican presidential primary. Reality TV star Donald Trump will be the moderator of a presidential primary debate. From the New York Times:

Donald Trump is pairing up with Newsmax, the conservative magazine and news Web site, to moderate a presidential debate in Des Moines on Dec. 27.

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Mr. Trump’s role in the debate, which will be broadcast on the cable network Ion Television, is sure to be one of the more memorable moments in a primary season that has already delivered its fair share of circus-like spectacle.

Are we a democracy or are we some poorly written Saturday Night Live sketch parody of a democracy? It is getting harder and harder to tell.

Just when I think the Republican primary couldn’t get any weirder or more depressing, it has submarined to new depths previously unimaginable to me.

I was thinking of writing a joke about how the next debate should be a Fear Factor style contest to see which candidate can eat the most big anuses while skydiving and answering question about immigration, but at this point is seems best not to give them any ideas.