When the president delivered his sardonic lines last night reminding Mitt Romney that we don’t have as many Navy ships as we used to because the military’s changed, he famously noted we have fewer “horses and bayonets” as well. I frivolously thought at the time: “Wonder if there is a bayonet factory in a battleground state?”

Still don’t know the answer to that, but via TMZ, we do know the Bayonet Industry is very upset:

TMZ spoke with multiple people in the bayonet industry who tell us they were shocked and even offended when Obama brought up the weapon during last night’s debate.

“Multiple people,” no less.

Seems some Marines, who still universally utilize bayonet training, were upset, too, presumably because if Obama disrespected bayonets, he might soon abolish them, along with, of course, horses.

Lord-a-mercy, I don’t know if people are just losing their sense of humor or their ability to distinguish between degrees in an argument by analogy, or are actually taking stupid pills. But we need this campaign to end.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.