MANO A MANO…. The final debate for the two remaining Democratic presidential candidates is about to get underway in Los Angeles, but before the event begins, David Kurtz points out to a tidbit that I found amazing.

CNN just reporting that tickets to tonight’s L.A. debate between Hillary and Obama are going for upwards of $1,000 apiece.

Now, I like to think that there’s more interest in the presidential campaign this year than in previous cycles, and I’m delighted by the excitement surrounding the Democratic field.

But I never thought I’d see the day in which people paid in upwards of $1,000 to see a political debate, which is going to be televised anyway.

All of a sudden, I guess it’s cool to be a political junkie. I knew if I waited long enough….

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