So I took a bit of flak for last week’s really tough ScuttleButton puzzle, which turned out to be nothing more than an April Fool’s prank. Don’t worry, I promise to never do it again. Until next year.
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!
For LBJ — A button from President Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 campaign.
Re-elect Joe and Art/Vote Republican — Does anyone know who this button refers to?
Re-elect Dow Congressman — John Dow, a liberal Democrat from upstate New York, ousted a GOP incumbent in the LBJ landslide year of ’64 but lost his own bid for a third term in ’68. Dow won the seat back in ’70, only to lose it two years later.
Rome for Mayor — Bernard Rome, a New York City businessman, was a potential 1985 candidate for mayor.
Yo Estoy Con Ford — President Ford’s campaign committee really showed an empathy with the Latino community with this 1976 button.
So, when you add Ware + 4 + Art + Dow + Rome + Yo, you kinda get …
Wherefore Art Thou Romeo. The great line from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Or, as how Sylvester Stallone would say it.
And the winner, chosen completely at random, is … Erik Larsen of Portland, Ore. Erik gets the coveted Political Junkie button.