ANGLE JUST CAN’T HELP HERSELF…. It’s far too soon to say who’ll win Nevada’s U.S. Senate race — with 15 days to go, the polls show Harry Reid and Sharron Angle just about tied — but a few weeks from now, we may look back at Angle’s appearance at Rancho High School as the turning point. It was her remarks at the school that helped make abundantly clear just how far gone the extremist candidate really is.

Consider these remarks Angle made during her appearance.

“So that’s what we want is a secure and sovereign nation and, you know, I don’t know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me. I don’t know that. [Note: it’s the Hispanic Student Union. The whole room is Hispanic teenagers.] What we know, what we know about ourselves is that we are a melting pot in this country. My grandchildren are evidence of that. I’m evidence of that. I’ve been called the first Asian legislator in our Nevada State Assembly.”

As Jon Ralston noted, no one’s ever called Angle, who is not Asian, the first Asian legislator in our Nevada State Assembly. She seems to have made this up.

Also note, this is the same appearance in which Angle was asked about her racist, deceptive ad, which uses an image of young Latino men as part of a divisive attempt to scare white people. She told the Hispanic Student Union that she’s “not sure” the Mexicans in her ad are, in fact, Latino, and went on to argue that her seemingly-racist commercial is intended to raise fears about the Canadian border.

Seriously. That’s what she said.

As we talked about over the weekend, I really should be beyond surprise by now. But the derangement of some unbalanced candidates for powerful public offices is so overwhelming, I often feel like I’m watching some kind of twisted performance art.

After 20 years following politics closely, I’ve just never seen anything so pathological. Sharron Angle is either mentally disturbed or she thinks the people of Nevada are morons.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.