One bit of trickery at the health care summit was noticeable to anyone paying attention.
When one Republican asked the relevant question, "Does Washington know better" than an insurance buyer what he needs, President Obama bristled.
He suggested that using such loaded language was unfair because "everyone is mad at Washington right now."
Yet, repeatedly, Democrats assailed the evil insurance companies they hate for making profits.
Not once were they remonstrated by Obama for using loaded language.
There were other examples, such as the Republican disclosure of the trickery Democrats had used to lower the apparent cost of their health plan.
But you had to be watching and listening closely. For most people, the political showmanship was just too much, even though the end result will affect their lives directly, in a major way.