. . . by Sunday night's presidential debate. The lede is a hoot. Its tone, typically, is pompous. Its figurative language is gloriously incomprehensible: how exactly can a spectacle ("a visually striking performance or display") slouch? And the sophomoric misuse . . .
. . . of moot for mute offers spectacular evidence of bad writing and careless editing. Enjoy:
The Show-Me State's most celebrated author saw and savored his share of wretched excess and political absurdity during his Gilded Age literary career, but even Mark Twain might have been rendered moot by the bizarre spectacle that slouched into St. Louis on Sunday night.
(Editorial, "Fight goes on: Clinton unable to put Trump away in Round 2," Houston Chronicle, October 10, 2016)
UPDATE: Online, the Chronicle first repeated moot from the print version, but has not changed it to mute.