Politics: What Else?

Nothing, but what astonishes, is true.

British Poet Edward Young's line, written in 1742, serves perfectly to describe the endlessly astonishing politics of 1968. From the snow frolics of New Hampshire to Senator Mark Hatfield's endorsement of Richard Nixon last week, the body politic has been atwitch with major shocks and minor jolts. It is a year when absolutely anything seems possible, and a lot of people are wondering—half-humorously, half-resignedly—what else might be in store politically. For example:

> Lyndon Johnson, having withdrawn from the race to heal national divisions, barges back in...