Here at TPM we spend a lot of time following the twists and the turns of the GOP presidential primary race so that you don't have to.
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Gluttons for punishment? Maybe. But we like to think having watched this motley crew slug it out for the better part of the last year that we know a thing or two about where they sit going into the two month stretch before, you know, the first votes are actually cast.
So for the purposes of the exercise, let's consider this the end of the regular season -- where only the teams, or in this case the candidates, who've actually shown they have something approximating a sensible game plan eventually get to move on.
And before you accuse us of not treating this quadrennial exercise in democracy with the requisite seriousness it deserves, we would ask -- have you actually watched these debates?
We'll take a look at Round 2 tomorrow, and Round 3 on Wednesday, but kicking things off - the bottom rung.