The other night I phoned a former Republican member of Congress with whom I’d worked in the 1990s on various pieces of legislation. I consider him a friend. I wanted his take on the Republican candidates because I felt I needed a reality check. Was I becoming excessively crotchety and partisan, or are these people really as weird as they seem? We got right into it:Me: “So what do really you think of these candidates?”Him: “You want my unvarnished opinion?”Me: “Please. That’s why I called.”Him: “They’re all nuts.”Me: “Seriously. What do you really think of them?”Him: “I just told you. They’re bonkers. Bizarre. They’re like a Star Wars bar room.”Me: “How did it happen? How did your party manage to come up with this collection?”Him: “We didn’t. They came up with themselves. There’s no party any more. It’s chaos. Anybody can just decide they want to be the Republican nominee, and make a run for it. Carson? Trump? They’re in the lead and they’re both out of their f*cking minds.”

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