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Jon Stewart on the Ridiculous 'Expectations Game' Before Tomorrow's Presidential Debate

On last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart mocked the common but horribly pathetic practice of campaigns lowering expectations for their candidates going into a debate. Both sides are guilty of this; the Romney camp is all over the media this week claiming that Obama will likely win the first debate, while some Democrats say Romney will do better. Among those Dems is former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who you might recall was pretty fired up about Obama at the DNC just a few short weeks ago:


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As Stewart notes, "So all these guys have to do is show themselves to have a mild familiarity with the English language, and it's considered a win." American electoral politics, ladies and gentlemen!

But that doesn't mean we shouldn't all tune in, if for no other reason than Romney's advisors have been feeding him "zingers" for weeks now. "I find the best zingers are the ones that you practice for two months," says Stewart. Indeed.

Watch the segment below.

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