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!
Caliente Cab Co./Mexican Cafe/Greenwich Village — A NYC Mexican restaurant.
4 LBJ — A button from President Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 campaign.
Ken Rudin for President (with photo) — Distributed at a speech I gave in Tallahassee, Fla. in October 2010 by the sponsors of the event, the Capital Tiger Bay Club. I had nothing to do with this button. But I will make a Shermanesque statement: “I would vote instead for Mr. Peabody.”
So, when you add Death + Cab + 4 + (Ken Rudin’s picture), you obviously get …
Death Cab for Cutie. The alternative rock group.
Oh, did people have fun with this one. Wes Bickford of Ann Arbor, Mich., wrote, “I think my eyes almost got stuck in the back of my skull because solving this puzzle caused the biggest eye roll I’ve ever experienced.” Arthur Adams of Arlington, Va., in his best Joseph Welch impersonation, wondered, “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” Joe Ferson of Watertown, Mass., asked, “Do we have a second source on this?” Justin Hower of New York City says he deserves a t-shirt for this because “I’ve endured the winter and this clue!” (No t-shirts yet.) And James McCrackan of Evanston, Ill., said, “Okay, you evil bastard—you came thisclose to shooting coffee out my nose.”
Most of the responses were of the “Reeeelly???” variety.
Whine, whine, whine. The fact is, there’s only one randomly selected winner. And that person is … Jeff Grill of Mobile, Ala. Jeff obviously has great intelligence. And he gets the coveted Political Junkie button.