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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. David Dewhurst

Texas lieutenant governor David Dewhurst is experiencing some serious deja vu. For the second time in two years, the third-term Republican finds himself stuck in a runoff against a Tea Party-backed Republican who makes the conservative Dewhurst look like Bernie Sanders by comparison. And while Dewhurst was unable to stop Ted Cruz from steamrolling him in 2012, he’s pulling out all the stops to defeat state Senator Dan Patrick in the 2014 election for lieutenant governor — and it’s getting weird.

On Wednesday, Dewhurst unveiled his latest attack: An ad in which a crude animation of Patrick sings a parody of the song “Let It Go” from the Disney movie Frozen.

As Ben Jacobs helpfully explains in The Daily Beast, the ad’s central conceit is that Patrick changed his name from “Danny Goeb” to hide his bankruptcy (a claim which PolitiFact has rated “Pants on Fire”).

For This Week In Crazy, Texas’ 2014 primary season is the gift that keeps on giving. Texans, however, probably aren’t as amused.