The first debate of the 2016 presidential general election will take place tonight at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
Millions will tune in to see the first formal, face-to-face exchange of ideas (and insults) between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
And if the the Donald gets his way, a familiar face from Hillary's distant past may be sitting front and center.
If you were old enough to be politically aware in the early '90s, the face in the photo above might be familiar to you.
Gennifer Flowers came forward during Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign to reveal that she'd carried on a 12-year affair with the then-governor of Arkansas.
Clinton initially denied the affair, but when asked about Flowers while under oath in 1998, he admitted that he had engaged in a sexual relationship with her.
So why is this 66-year-old former model from Oklahoma being mentioned in connection with tonight's debate?
Well, that's a good question.
And we have the lengthy semi-nonsensical answer that somehow involves Mark Cuban.
As you may know, Cuban has been harshly critical of Trump throughout this year's campaign, and over the weekend the Dallas Mavericks owner tweeted that he would be attending tonight's debate as a guest of Clinton's.
"Just got a front row seat to watch @HillaryClinton overwhelm @realDonaldTrump at the 'Humbling at Hofstra' on Monday. It Is On!"
Rather than just ignoring the remark (as most who are running for president or are simply over the age of 12 would) Trump pulled his signature move by clapping back in a way that escalated the conflict exponentially.
"If dopey Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame wants to sit in the front row, perhaps I will put Gennifer Flowers right alongside of him!"
The Benefactor is a reference to a failed 2003 reality show hosted by Cuban.
Why Flowers was dragged into this is a mystery to everyone except Trump.
Obviously it's an attempt to remind the public of Bill's philandering past (and the fact that he might still be banging side chicks), but what does it have to do with Hillary, and how is it a proportional response to her inviting Cuban?
Maybe just the word "Cuban" makes Trump think of Ted Cruz, thus sending him into an irrational rage.
Anyway, shortly after Trump's tweet was posted, Flowers took to her Facebook page to announce that she's a Trump supporter and she would love to take him up on his offer.
“Hi Donald Trump… I’m in your corner. Of course I will see u at the debate!!" Flowers wrote.
Realizing that forcing Clinton to look into the face of the woman her husband cheated on her with would make Trump look like a psychotic bullying creep, campaign manager Kellyanne Conway retracted the invitation and went with the old "that Donald! He's such a clever troll!" explanation during an appearance on CNN:
"I can’t confirm how easily baited the Clinton campaign was,” she said.
“Basically Mr. Trump was saying, look, if Mark Cuban is going to send out these texts that say, ‘The Humbling at Hofstra,’ and, ‘This is his big downfall,’ then Mr. Trump was putting them at notice that we could certainly invite guests that may get into the head of Hillary Clinton.”
"But we have not invited [Flowers] formally,” Conway said, “and we don’t expect her to be there as a guest of the Trump campaign.”
Conway should be by Trump's side tonight like a sign-language interpreter so she can translate his remarks for sane people.
Would be interesting to hear her live spin on the inevitable crude comment about Hillary's health.
This has been your daily reminder that we're still in the midst of the weirdest damn election in U.S. history.