John Heilemann's review of the Republican debate over the weekend is a fantastic example of why American political coverage is so awful, superficial and stupid.
He graded it based on style and "punches" rather than content, validity and accuracy.
This, of course, means that any of the candidates could stand up there and say, "I helped a fuzzy dude cut a piece of fruit and when he was chewin' on it I mooshed it and called an ambulance!" and the press wouldn't notice -- that is unless the crowd booed or another candidate said, "Your campaign is a fuzzy dude!" Then, BOOM! So and so got a punch in there!