Every time Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul say or do something stupid, their backers claim a conspiracy by “the Republican Establishment” is really to blame. The inimitable Charles Krauthammer explains who comprises this establishment:

Karl Rove is the president. We meet every month on the full moon. I’ve explained this. At the Masonic Temple. We have the ritual: Karl brings the incense, I bring the live lamb and the long knife, and we began . . . with a pledge of allegiance to the Trilateral Commission. That is how it works.