For Best Contest In Which You Need To Figure Out A Rebus Made Up Of Buttons, the winner is … ̶L̶a̶ ̶L̶a̶ ̶L̶a̶n̶d̶. Oops, sorry. It’s actually this week’s ScuttleButton puzzle.
How to Play
ScuttleButton, as you may know, is that weekly waste-of-time exercise where we post a vertical sequence of campaign buttons. Your job is to take one word (or concept) per button and add ’em up to arrive at a famous name or familiar expression. Guess the correct phrase and you could be the proud winner of the coveted Political Junkie button!
Enter your submission using the convenient submission form below, or email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. You must include your name and city/state to be eligible.
Don’t Let This Happen to You!/Vote for Ike! — The hole in the shoe is a reference to a famous photograph of Eisenhower opponent Adlai Stevenson (D) sitting down and crossing his legs, which showed a huge hole in his shoe. This button is from Ike’s 1952 campaign.
Les Aspin — The longtime Democratic congressman from Wisconsin who rose to become House Armed Services Committee chair and then, briefly and not too successfully, as President Clinton’s Secretary of Defense.
Joe McCarthy for President — The anti-communist warrior from Wisconsin, he was already dead 10 years when a conservative group distributed this button in 1967. If memory serves, it was a response to all the Eugene McCarthy buttons that were out there.
Run Jesse Run — Urging Jesse Jackson to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984.
So, when you combine Shoe + Les + Joe + Jackson, you kinda get …
Shoeless Joe Jackson. The star outfielder for the Chicago White Sox who got caught up in the scheme to throw the 1919 World Series (known as the “Black Sox scandal”).
And the randomly selected winner is … Kerry McGill of Saint Albans, Mo. Kerry wins the coveted Political Junkie button.