Of the given sentences, B is the only one that could be the first sentence of the paragraph, as sentences A and D talk of "losing" without explaining the context, and C starts with "such behaviour" and needs some information to precede it. B explains that the stakes of political competition "heighten dramatically" when parties think of each other as mortal enemies. Now, both A and D talk of a possible outcome of this political competition: losing. Between these two, D comes first, as it explains how losing, a normal outcome, becomes a "catastrophe" when the stakes of political competition are thought to be high. Sentence A adds to this, explaining the effect of a high perceived cost of losing. So, A follows D. A is the only sentence that describes any kind of behaviour--the attempt to abandon forbearance and play constitutional hardball. C, naturally, follows A. So, BDAC is the right order. Correct Answer: BDAC
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