‘NONE OF THIS MAKES ANY SENSE’…. If you missed last night’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch Rachel’s opening segment, highlighting not only the parallels between media narratives and Republican campaign messages, but also how deeply misguided both are.

It’s a little tough to summarize — if you can’t watch clips online, there’s a transcript online — but the wrap-up was especially poignant.

After noting some of the extremists poised to win in November, Rachel explained, “There’s not a cogent argument to make about what kind of challenge these folks present and what’s going to happen in these elections.

“It’s not the deficit. It’s not big government. It’s not the stimulus. It’s not Obamacare. It’s not populism. It’s not that all of these people are outsiders.

“It’s none of these things. These things are all provably not what’s going on. They’re not bolstered by the facts no matter how many times you hear from the Beltway media. This is not what’s happening.

“But the media dressing these guys up like there is some coherent narrative, like there is some cogent argument here, that conveniently obscures what’s really going here, which is that we are on the precipice of elevating to federal office the most extreme and in some cases strange set of conservative candidates in a lifetime.

“Yes, this has happened to a smaller degree before…. There are extremist candidates who from time to time survive the churn of electoral politics and actually make it into the mainstream. There’s always a few. But there has never been this many.

“None of this makes any sense. We’re just about to elect a whole bunch of extremists — unless things change in the next two weeks.”

Steve Benen

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.