The mainstage debate transcript, however, came in at nearly 35,000 words. That's longer than Hamlet. It's longer than the Book of Genesis. It's just about as long as Old Yeller, and by the end of it many of us were hoping that Travis Coates would come along and put us out of our misery, too.
Taken together, the two debates took nearly 5 hours and clocked in at just over 50,000 words spoken. It took F. Scott Fitzgerald fewer words to write the great American novel. Kurt Vonnegut was more concise when he chronicled the horrors of World War II. 50,000 words is longer than Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Tempest -- combined.
And if that wasn't enough for you, chin up -- only 40 days until the next GOP debate.