In 1972, the esteemed political philosopher Dr. Seuss wrote a children's book in which unmitigated umbrage is directed at an implacable pooch in a purple jumpsuit named Marvin K. Mooney.

“The time has come! The time is now!” inveighs the exasperated narrator. “Just go. Go. Go! I don't care how!”

Steven Roberts teaches politics and journalism at George Washington University. His new book is “Cokie: A Life Well Lived.” He can be contacted by email at stevecokie@gmail.com.

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