Wandering in the wood, Alice heard sawing and walked that way, hopeful of getting directions. Halfway up an oak, a hedgehog in a frock coat and silk hat was sawing off the limb it sat on.
"I say," she cried, "you ought to stop that!" The hedgehog looked at her but kept sawing.
"Why should I?" it snapped.
"Why should I fall?" the hedgehog shouted, turning pink. "Explain!"
"When the limb you're sawing falls, you'll fall too," Alice replied, with, she thought, admirable conciseness.
"That's not an explanation," the hedgehog shouted, still sawing. "It's just proximate cause. You'll have to give ultimate cause!"
"I shall never get home for tea," Alice sighed.
That's author David Rains Wallace channeling Lewis Carroll
. I imagine that, after his day on the Hill yesterday (low-lighted by Senator Inhofe's shameless performance
, in which the Republican from Oklahoma himself turned a little pink), Al Gore must feel a bit like Alice.