Is this our fault? Well, of course it is. But, still ... couldn`t the candidates try a little harder to make it interesting?
For example, one cause of voter cynicism is the suspicion that the candidates are complete ignoramuses on every topic on which they haven`t been preprogrammed by their handlers. So, instead of having them stand around and semi-argue with each other, why not have them play Jeopardy instead, with the categories weighted toward history and current affairs.
Sure, the frontrunners wouldn`t be likely to agree to it, but why not let laggards like Duncan Hunter and Dennis Kucinich volunteer for a match. They don`t even have to be in the same party. Come on, you`d watch that, right? And once a Hunter-Kucinich-Paul Jeopardy match got triple the ratings of the last debate, pressure would mount on the big boys and girls to pick up their buzzers and fight.
Couldn`t the match be rigged by producers who leak the questions to one candidate or another? Sure, but there are ways around that. The show doesn`t have to write new questions—it has tens of thousands of old questions, far too many for a candidate to study. All the producers would have to do is categorize old categories as Relevant, Middling, and Irrelevant with a weighting toward the Relevant, then have a random system that picks old categories moments before the show starts taping.