Here’s a little sign of the times that will either make J-Pod smile knowingly or make his cerebrum explode. I had an interview yesterday with the chairman of one of the largest banks in the U.S., a Republican whose free-market views are ironclad and who is contemptuous of most politicians. In the 2008 Democratic fight for the presidential nomination, he said, it is critically important for Hillary Clinton to win. She is the only candidate who “has any sense at all,” he told me. John Kerry is an “idiot.” Al Gore is a “nutcase” on the environment. John Edwards is “now essentially a Communist,” given his leftward lurch on poverty.