We are rounding the bend toward the last act in this season's power play of a presidential campaign.
Just when you think the two teams couldn't possibly sink any lower in their rabid attempts to kill off the other, another day of media sound bite analysis dawns.
At this moment, it's the Romney riff on how helpless a passenger -- i.e. his wife, Ann -- would be on a burning plane.
He described the helplessness of this entrapment, including a mention of the plane's unopenable windows.
Rachel Maddow's response to this tidbit is particularly disappointing, because I think so highly of her.
She expresses outrage and shock that Romney may not understand that windows on a plane simply cannot open.
Come on, Rachel.
I know it is seductive to jam forward on the Romney dumb comments roll, but surely, there are worthier issues on this candidate, as well as the other, Obama, to cover in those expensive CNBC moments.
Civil rights, for example.
I am positive Romney knows not only that airplane windows do not and cannot open, but also why this might be so.
I am not positive about his core feelings toward a woman's right to orchestrate her own physical decisions on abortion or any other medical procedure.
I also am soundly uncertain about the veracity of Obama's plans for gay rights. Offering a public statement of support while backed up against the wall does not an authentic freedom make.
Of course, I am well aware of the economy we all are experiencing.
I am reminded often that civil rights must temporarily step aside for the financial good of all Americans.
Economies must first grow, people must have jobs.
I obviously don't subscribe to the bracketing of freedoms, while working to put our financial house in order.
However, shouldn't we be zeroing in on these issues, rather than pretending to gasp in horror that Romney wants to open the windows of a smoke-filled airplane?
He obviously was giving a public response to the potential horror of losing his wife.
Just as Obama is obviously holding hands with Michelle on the Barbara Walters daytime television program, The View, to indicate his devotion and closeness with his wife.
It will be interesting to watch the last few weeks of media focus on this campaign.
Let's see what the producers of the expensive television moments will choose to analyze and broadcast to a mentally blurred and campaign-fatigued American audience.