A Petty and Venal Regime 

Stephen Colbert appeared at the Vulture Festival to discuss life as a comedian under Donald Trump. His appearance included this gem about Ted Cruz:

On Saturday, Colbert shared a bit of behind-the-scenes gossip from past interviews — like when, he said, Ted Cruz asked him to “humanize me.”

“I said, ‘Don’t go to the stump speech and you will be a human being,” Colbert recalled. “He said, ‘That’s hard.’ I said, ‘So is being human.’ ”

That’s especially true these days.