A little girl bawls, exhausted by "Bronco Bama" and Mitt Romney. And who can blame her? Adults aren't allowed to weep from fatigue, it's not the grown-up thing to do.
Shake your head, grit your teeth, turn off the tube and head for YouTube. Where my "Gangnam style" video cannot be accessed until I've heard about how Obama has sold the nation to Mars (not really) and how Romney secretly prefers croquet to baseball.
Four debates, four moderators and superhuman powers of staving off Hypnos, the god of sleep, have done it for me. No one really cares about what the candidates' policies are, or what their track records say about them.
Their body language, their smiles, and the colour of their spouse's dresses appear to be paramount. Perhaps Michelle Obama and Ann Romney both chose to wear pink dresses to the second presidential debate because their husbands appear to be dead even in the 2012 race for the presidency. Or something.
In Virginia, the anecdotal evidence of my eyes appears to show an even number of Obama and Romney signs. All the way on the other side of the country in sunny California, Romney signs are like Yangtze river dolphins -- you know they're out there somewhere, but you're damned if you can spot them.
Thankfully the World Series of baseball appears to be a bigger draw in San Francisco than the presidential election; no surprise, since the local team, the Giants, are in the playoffs.
Our tour guide, Keith, mentions the team many times during our bus ride. (Buster) Posey and (Miguel) Cabrera, the season's two batting champions, are mentioned on numerous occasions while Obama and Romney have no takers.
Image: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney emerge after they voted in Belmont, Mass., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.