THE NATION: The Dodo's Dance

First [the Dodo] marked out a racecourse, in a sort of circle ("the exact shape doesn't matter," it said), and then all the party were placed along the course here and there. There was no "One, two, three, and away!" but they began running when they liked, and left off when they liked, so that it was not easy to know when the race was over.

—Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

With the dominant figure in U.S. politics forced to the sidelines for—perhaps—the rest of the year, the national political situation last week began...

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