To summarize: Democrats have moved far to the left. The loopy nutters who once were on the fringe of the party are now closer to the middle, and the slightly less loopy nutters — the nice confused lady from San Francisco! — represents the dead hand of moderation and (angels and minsters of grace defend us!) centrism. So radical has been this break that bipartisan compromise is impossible to contemplate. And this is . . . Mitch McConnell’s doing. “The modern GOP has made the left’s case for it,” Loofbourow concludes. How so? Because Ronald Reagan was recorded making an ugly racist remark in a conversation with Dick Nixon in 1971.

I’m thinking here of the immortal words of Chip Monck: “The brown acid that is circulating around us is not specifically too good. It’s suggested that you do stay away from that. Of course, it’s your own trip, so be my guest.” Pity they canceled that Woodstock anniversary concert. Would have been a fitting spectacle for these days.

Donald Trump is, in some ways, an unlucky guy. You have to be kind of unlucky to lose your pants in the casino business. The poor sap evaded Vietnam only to get ruined in a pissing contest with Merv Griffin. But he is extraordinarily lucky in his opponents. And the Democrats apparently are engaged in a 50-state manhunt for somebody next to whom Donald J. Trump, late of The Apprentice and president of these United States of America, looks relatively — relatively! —reasonable.