The Republican primary race has gotten really out of control. Aside from Ron Paul, all of the "discussion" is rhetoric, devoid of any policy whatsoever. There is no intelligent approach to any of it. The talking points are around who is more conservative, making up nonsense about religious persecution, and completely ridiculous assertions about changing gas prices. I can't remember the last time it was this ridiculous.
The intelligent voter knows that the "most conservative" title won't balance the budget or get Congress to play along, and that gay people won't ruin anyone's marriage, and that market forces influence gas prices, not presidents. The intelligent voter also comes to the conclusion, after you strip all of that nonsense away, that most of the candidates haven't actually said anything.
I think most people would tend to put the responsibility of this stupidity on the candidates, but I don't think that's it. I think the responsibility lies squarely in the lap of the voters. When you see man-on-the-street interviews on TV, it's clear that people eat this shit up. They want the side show. I would even argue that the lust for this side show is why we've elected countless people into office that have allowed or caused every crisis related to the US government, from both sides of the aisle.
I've said it before, I'll say it again. We get the government we deserve.