Two things you never thought would happen:
The Washington Nationals are in first place at the All-Star break. And ScuttleButton remains America's favorite button puzzle.
ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Tuesday I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Your job is to simply take one word (or concept) per button, add 'em up, and, hopefully, you will arrive at a famous name or a familiar expression. (And seriously, by familiar, I mean it's something that more than one person on Earth would recognize.)
For years, a correct answer chosen at random would get his or her name posted in this column, an incredible honor in itself. Now the stakes are even higher. Thanks to the efforts of the folks at Talk of the Nation, that person also hears their name mentioned on the Wednesday show (by me) and receives a Political Junkie t-shirt in the bargain. Is this a great country or what?
You can't use the comments box at the bottom of the page for your answer. Send submission (plus your name and city/state — you won't win without that) to email@example.com.
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By the way, I always announce the winner on Wednesday's Junkie segment on TOTN. But with a new puzzle up every Tuesday, you should get your answer in as soon as possible.
Here are the buttons used and the answer to last week's puzzle:
Kennedy for President (picture JFK) — John F. Kennedy was elected in 1960.
2 Kennedy for Presidents (pictures RFK) — Robert F. Kennedy sought the Democratic nomination in 1968.
So, when you combine John + Roberts, you may just very well end up with ...
John Roberts. The Chief Justice of the United States who sold out America and the Constitution by becoming the deciding vote in favor of the Affordable Care Act.
No, I'm not serious.
Or maybe I am.
Actually, there were dozens of submitted answers that guessed "Dead Kennedys," the punk rock band from the '70s and '80s. You really thought I would go there?
Nonetheless, this week's winner, chosen completely at random, is ... Karen Mitnick of Haworth, N.J. Karen gets a TOTN Junkie t-shirt, once they are restocked. We should have them by 2016.
Don't forget to check out this week's Political Junkie column, which focuses on the history of the Green Party, the role it played in 2000 with Ralph Nader as its presidential nominee, and what to expect from the Greens this year. Click here to read the column.