I picked up a manilla folder marked “AMLO-NYT” from the front of the organizer where I have let it sit,  waiting for review, for nearly a year.  The draft with hand-written annotation, between quotes in the above, begins:

“The Western democracies have recently faced a growing number of close elections,  with ambiguous results.  Today,  ——- faces such a quandary.”

David Shipley’s team did not allow us that explanation– amusingly,  published more words than we submitted– though it found expression elsewhere.

I wonder still what nation we were trying to address,  what…

For the next 21 days, I will be wondering where we are,  whether I will have to draft this again,  whether…

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