For once, we hope Debbie Wasserman Schultz was right, and the GOP had successfully hidden Saturday night’s debate from viewers, or viewers tuned in late thinking the Super Bowl was tonight. A mercifully brief opening skit featuring Lindsey Graham and John McCain as Muppet balcony critics (?) was followed by … something. Is this another bit?

Ben Carson is standing quietly just offstage as other candidates, with the exception of Donald Trump, ran past and took their places for the #GOPDebate.

Is it some sort of bit about him running home for clean clothes?


Apparently not. The moderators would eventually clear things up: apparently the applause in the venue was so loud, Ben Carson missed his cue.

Update: Here’s video of the full train wreck.