Ted Cruz won the straw poll at the Value Voters Summit again this year. Yes, the man who said this, among other equally idiotic things, is apparently the best they’ve got..

But even scarier is the fact that this woman could have been one heartbeat from the presidency!

And that’s not all of the fun we could poke at this collective of idiocy, but it’s all my heart can handle right now. For more gibbering madness, just check out the Values Voters Summit video collection over at Right Wing Watch.

It’s Monday, so Howie Klein joined me in the first hour of today’s how for The Steve Israel Hour, sponsored by Little Debbie™…

We discussed the Washington Post‘s BS article about which Senate races to watch, and Howie’s counter to the inside-the-beltway bullshit.

We also spoke about a little-known battle Alan Grayson is waging on behalf of all who participate in frequent flier programs.

And finally, we learned about “regulatory capture,” something you can read about at Pro Publica, or watch as This American Life breaks the story:

After the news from Talk Radio News Service, I was joined by Gaius Publius, contributing editor at AMERICAblog, to put a postscript on the end of climate week.

And finally, if you want to read about just how inept the Secret Service is, grab the popcorn and read this from the Washington Post. Unbelievable!

We’ll be back tomorrow with the now-recovered GottaLaff and whatever else the day brings, radio or not!