David Harsanyi

Any impartial national media type will tell you as much: A bunch of half-baked zealot nut jobs have emerged from the Republican primary field. Folks like Nevada's Sharron Angle and California's Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman are throwing around frighteningly out-of-step opinions.

Let's start with Angle, who believes it would be prudent -- get this -- to start defunding the Department of Education. The Department of Education!

Rush Limbaugh

You must be aware that the vast majority of Americans were unable to write or use basic arithmetic before the prestigious bureaucracy began operating, in 1980. Over its 30 years of sure-footed guidance, in fact, edumacation standards have improved dramatically and graduation rates have skyrocketed.

Only a wing nut would question the prudence of sinking $50 billion a year into an organization that has taken control incrementally of local education matters and that boasts as its biggest success this time around an erroneously named, stimulus-funded contest: Race to the Top.

The consensus on this matter is clear: N-U-T-S.

Then we have Fiorina, who was once the CEO of Hewlett-Packard -- and thus clearly unprepared for political office. Progressive Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson points out that during a recent debate, this radical supported "the right of suspected terrorists on no-fly lists to buy guns."

The woman is clearly one round short of a full clip, right? No one ever gets on that no-fly list by accident. If you're in the mainstream, you understand how loony it would be to permit an American citizen who hasn't committed a crime -- or is even accused of a crime, much less suspected of terrorism -- to have access to his or her constitutional rights. The folks in Gitmo? That's another story. And not radical.

Then there's Meg Whitman. She ran eBay for a while, and now she's running for governor. Meyerson says she's out of step with California, as well.

Fortunately, rational Californians have a choice this November. They can keep the state's economy humming by choosing the more sensible Jerry Brown, a man who once said that "the conventional viewpoint says we need a jobs program and we need to cut welfare. Just the opposite! We need more welfare and fewer jobs."

"More welfare and fewer jobs!" is a great campaign slogan and unequivocally not crazy.


David Harsanyi

David Harsanyi is a senior editor at The Federalist and the author of "The People Have Spoken (and They Are Wrong): The Case Against Democracy." Follow him on Twitter @davidharsanyi.