Over the years, I have been asked many (many. many) times "Why the hell do you bother with the Sunday Gasbag Parade?"
I mean, seriously, who watches that shit anyway?
I have answered many (many) times, but the best summary-answer I have found in awhile comes courtesy of Alex Pareen's 2012 Hack List in which the Sunday Mouse Circus crosses the disreputable finish line a respectable fourth place:
There is simply too much establishment money and power and prestige riding on keeping the American electorate dumb enough to buy the poison that the "David Brookses and Tom Friedmans and Bob Woodwards" for them to permit it to be otherwise.
The Sunday Mouse Circus is the primary vehicle by which their poison is delivered.
Fake Centrism is the brick on the accelerator.