Years ago, Sasha Razborov taught me one of my all-time favorite jokes.
In the 1960s, a man starts handing out leaflets in Moscow’s Red Square. Needless to say, he’s immediately apprehended by the KGB. On examining the leaflets, however, the KGB agents discover that they’re just blank pieces of paper. “What is the meaning of this?” the agents demand.
“What could I write?” exclaims the man. “It’s so obvious!”
The lesson I’ve learned this week is that the man was wrong. In politics, nothing is ever too obvious.