John Dickerson is a CBS senior national correspondent and Chief Political Analyst. He is also a Contributing Writer to The Atlantic and is co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest.
Venice is affected by two tides. The tide of the ocean and the tide of the people. The cruise ships arrive in the morning, big enough to block out the sun. Bodies plug the streets. By six they’re gone. When the sun goes down, you have the city to yourself.