My colleague Katia was no fan of CNN’s debate night “perception analyzers.” Perhaps she’d prefer the adaptation of the doodad unveiled last night on The Daily Show as Anderson Cooper moderated a 2008 Puppendential Debate between the furry contenders for First Dog as the insta-reactions of “dog people” and “cat people” streamed across the bottom of the screen?

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.