THE STATES: Auguries

In the folklore and custom of politics, Inauguration Day is open season for hearty handshakes, clinking glasses, the rustle of silks, and self-conscious twisting in rented tuxedos. But for the crop of newly elected governors who raised their hands in solemn oath across the nation last week, inauguration seemed more like an augury of trouble and crisis.

¶ Connecticut's movie-profiled Republican John Davis Lodge paraded to the State House in midafternoon, found that the Democrat-controlled Senate had refused to show up for the swearing-in as prescribed by law and custom. After a corps...

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