The race for the Republican presidential nomination couldn't possibly get any more bizarre, appalling, puerile, embarrassing, self-destructive or --
Hold on, this just in: It did.
When have we ever seen such a shameful and low-minded spectacle? Comparison to the seriousness and decorum of an elementary-school playground is an insult to second-graders. What this campaign needs is a timeout chair, or perhaps a stout wooden ruler for rapping knuckles.
I suppose we have to begin with Donald Trump's slowness in rejecting praise from former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke, who announced he will vote for Trump in a rambling, hate-filled Facebook post on Friday that denounced "the Jewish tribalist takeover of our media" and "the crimes [of] Jewish predator banks."
Trump finally disavowed Duke late Sunday, but only after a day of hemming and hawing. He later claimed that he hadn't understood the original question, blaming CNN for providing him with an allegedly faulty earpiece.