One of the reasons to love the Economist (gosh there’s a lot of San Franciscans I’m alienating by saying that) is that it maintains a pretty strict house style – plain, straightforward and impartial. Even on their blogs you don’t get much of the Foster Wallacian umming and ahing that characterises so much online discourse. Which is why it was remarkable to see the following lines introducing their live coverage of last night’s Republican debate:

YOU may think two debates in six days is overkill, but the monstrous truth is you love it.

There’s something so very right about preceding the contemporary (OK, late-90s) slang of “you love it” with the gloweringly melodramatic “the monstrous truth.” Sometimes it only takes seven words to brighten your day.

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