05 February 2008

Super Tuesday!

I have a confession: I've never read Alice in Wonderland. Some friends were discussing it last week. It was the work of a moment to pop over to Amazon and order it. It arrived this morning, so I took it with me to read while waiting in line to vote in the primary.

Jared came with me - his first time voting. As we waited in line, I paged through the book and we laughed together when I found a chapter called 'A Caucus-Race and a Long Tale'. Given how much the candidates have left me feeling like Alice at the tea party and that this election has already felt like a very long tale indeed, I thought this chapter might prove interesting. I was right.

"What I was going to say," said the Dodo in an offended tone, "was, that the best thing to get us dry would be a Caucus-race."

is a Caucus-race?" said Alice; not that she much wanted to know, but the Dodo had paused as if it thought that somebody ought to speak, and no one else seemed inclined to say anything.

"Why," said the Dodo, "the best way to explain it is to do it." (And, as you might like to try the thing yourself some winter day, I will tell you how the Dodo managed it.)

First it marked out a race-course, 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. However, when they had been running half an hour or so, and were quite dry again, the Dodo suddenly called out "The race is over!" and they all crowded around it, panting, and asking "But who has won?"

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