There are two very strange news items today that suggest the underlying madness of their subjects. Here’s one, from the New York Times:

North Korean state-run television on Monday showed footage of costumed versions of Tigger, Minnie Mouse and other Disney characters prancing in front of the leader, Kim Jong-un, and an entourage of clapping generals.

The footage also showed Mr. Kim in a black Mao suit watching as Mickey Mouse conducted a group of young women playing violins in skimpy black dresses. At times, scenes from the animated Disney movies “Dumbo” and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” were projected on a multipanel screen behind the entertainers; an article in the state-run press said unnamed foreign songs were on the bill.

Um, okay.

Then there is this headline from the friendly folks at that sanitarium of conservative weirdness,


What follows is about a gazillion words of political glossolalia from none other than Pat Caddell, who seems to have decided to demonstrate in a rather spectacular fashion that his recent gig as a Fox Democrat was just an apostasy appetizer.

You can read Caddell’s bizarre rant, which purports to be deep analysis of how and why Republicans ought to make the election “about” ObamaCare, if you want the kind of brain freeze that can normally be obtained only by eating a gallon of homemade ice cream. Keep in mind, however, that this is only “part one.”

I’ve always felt Caddell probably suffered from the kind of ego-affliction that accompanies becoming a national political celebrity at a tender age (he was famously George McGovern’s pollster while still a college student) and renders the sufferer incapable of believing that the world can survive without his counsel. Until quite recently, he was still getting op-eds published by the Washington Post, and was still posing as a concerned Democrat offering advice to his party. But now that his concern trolling act has gotten a little long in the tooth, he’s apparently decided to torment his new Republican friends with his strategic genius.

But if that doesn’t work out for Pat, Kim Jong-un could sure use some advice.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.