How did I get to be so old before realizing how much I like arugula, while disliking many green leafy things? Guess it’s all those years in Red States.

Here are some nice crunchy midday news/views snacks:

* NH Republican state rep just won’t shut up about the relative physical attractiveness of his party’s candidate for U.S. House, even though said candidate is calling him “sexist.”

* Jonathan Chait makes the essential point once again: Democratic “nuts” remain on the margins of public life. Republican “nuts” are elevated to national tickets and major congressional committee chairmanships.

* Name of Iowa Libertarian candidate for Senate, who died in plane crash earlier this week, will remain on the ballot since early voting’s already underway.

* Cries of vindication from conservatives after it was revealed U.S. troops found pre-1991 chemical weapons in Iraq not very accurate.

* Ta-Nehisi Coates has another must-read on the “criminalization” of black people as such.

And in non-political news:

* No doubt about it: financial markets shaky as big drops in Dow continue.

As we break for lunch, here’s more Slow Children, with “Spring in Fialta,” an allusion to a Nabakov short story of that name.

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.