Put The Two Johns In The Ring

John Kerry was annoyed. "I need some food, guys," he huffed at staff, in a moment captured by ABC news. "I can't thrive on nothing." But then, everyone associated with the Democratic primaries seemed slightly annoyed last week. And flu-ridden and exhausted and discombobulated by a hypercompressed schedule that forced sleepless, instantaneous decisions about the most basic political issues--scheduling, spending and, for some, quitting. A strange existential distortion had taken hold of the process. It seemed near an end without ever having crystallized. The candidates had debated ceaselessly without having a single legitimate debate, one that would have directly tested the...

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