Bernie Sanders nailed it, summarizing the Grand Old, Old, Old, Old, Old, Old, Old, Old Party’s presidential debate: “It’s over. Not one word about economic inequality, climate change, Citizens United or student debt. That’s why the R’s are so out of touch.”

Yep. It’s not a big tent, but a circus tent. Just watch the entertainers. Don’t think about the storm raging outside.

In the Faux News’ circus tent, it’s a three-ring (or in this case, 10-ring) circus.

It is entertaining, until we see R’s effects on Kansas — namely our long-term and continuing damage — highlighted in bright, red-ink neon.

So, after the debates, I was relieved to find our more reasonable U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran in town. Until he opened his mouth.

He commented to Salina AMBUCS his thoughts on the Iran treaty. It has been a hard-fought-and-won, no-nuke treaty, achieved in part by diplomacy and sanctions, not by putting men and women in harm’s way, a treaty widely recognized as key to avoiding conflict, making our world more, you know, peaceful. Moran’s description of the treaty: “Horrific.”

Earlier, his first response to the trumped-up videos about fetal tissue sales, even though Kansas has done no research-oriented fetal tissue harvesting for 15 years: “Defund Planned Parenthood.”

Never mind Planned Parenthood is frequently women’s last best resource for reproductive health. Never mind these services directly affect humans’, and particularly women’s, economic inequality.

Never mind such claims are not only patently geared to people’s basest emotions, but also patently false.

Bernie’s right. “It’s over. Not one word about economic inequality, climate change, Citizens United or student debt. … R’s are so out of touch.”

David Norlin,

Salina