Comment: I think...

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I think...

the assumption is that the populace will be caught up in the drama surrounding the R team and their current puppet for 8 years followed by the D team and their next puppet for 8 more years.

I think it makes some sense. In any case, I certainly can't see anything good coming from the election of the R puppet in November.