I really want to take the Republican candidates seriously, especially since there is a chance that one of them could win it all - even Trump. I think oh surely NOT, then I look at Silvio Berlusconi and think oh crap. Amuse the masses, make them feel as if only they get you, you're their pal, their defense against the nameless terrors, and they'll elect you. They'll give you the keys. It's been done.
So I really want to take them seriously. I don't want to just despise them reflexively, I want to honestly look at them, evaluate them.
But they're such idiots and liars!