Another Friday in the race for the Republican nomination: one wishes one could be thankful for it. There are gifts, for a collector of political curios, or absurdities: the “Women for Cain” page, with its stock art and testimonials about the hazards of “husbandless” women; the coverage of Cain’s progress toward his meeting with his wife; the news that Donald Trump is going to moderate a debate in Iowa. Will there be a golden “T” on every lectern? Will he get to fire anyone? We would all be so thankful if anyone, even Trump, could send a couple of them home.

Is this fun? It’s always good to be reminded that the world is a quirky place, but these Republicans are a bit too unapologetic about their extremism for anyone to really enjoy it.