A Once the hopper of candidates is heavy enough the lid pops open. B The sorter removes minor party candidates. C The major candidates land on their platform, which they immediately abandon. D Democratic and Republican candidates proceed through the primaries buoyed by taxpayer money. E Leftward-bouncing candidates may get stuck on red-baiting paintbrush. F As other candidates drop out, a path opens for the party machine’s favorite. G At the end of the process an acorn falls into a hole. H Voters may watch the sapling grow as they wait in line to vote.