After that Democrat debate, the US looks like the real loser
They do things differently in America - and their political debates are a perfect example. While we may have tried to import a whiff of West Wing politics into this country, it's never going to have the same sort of showbiz energy the Yanks have mastered, and the run up to Tuesday's night's Democrat debate was treated by American news channels as if it was a crunch NFL playoff game, rather than a collection of people auditioning for the biggest job in the world.
Even Irish viewers who wouldn't ordinarily tune into such debates found themselves watching the first Republican shindig on Fox News during the summer.
That was largely down to the increasingly surreal presence of Donald Trump, of course, and while the Democrat face-off promised fewer fireworks it was equally compelling - and depressing.