If politics appears at times to be a race to see who can be the most absurd, that’s because it often is. Case in point this week comes from Mississippi, where GOP gubernatorial candidate Rep. Robert Foster refused to allow a reporter from Mississippi Today ride along with his campaign. The two other contenders, former state Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller and current Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, were fine with reporter Larrison Campbell tagging along with them, but Foster gave it a hard no because Campbell is – gasp! – a woman, and Foster is a’skeered that folks will think the two of them are carryin’ on! In a bit of Talibanesque logic, he said he would only agree if she was chaperoned...uh, accompanied...by a male reporter. So if Foster wins, we’ll presume no women need apply to work in his administration.