The key operative word is "Americans". In 2004, I watched John Kerry argue with a chimp on the first debate and with a fifth grader on the second one. Yet, for some reason, Americans rejected the articulate and intelligent arguments of Kerry hence, the mess we are in today. (I cannot prove it but Europeans would probably have voted for a different president in 2004.) I say we already live in an idiocracy. I refuse to waste any more time watching these debates although the vice presidential one on Thursday probably has some comedic value.