Ken Rudin http://kgou.org en Why Don't We Pay (More/Any) Attention To Los Angeles Mayoral Elections? http://kgou.org/post/why-dont-we-pay-moreany-attention-los-angeles-mayoral-elections <em><strong>Horace Greeley</strong></em> may have suggested at one point that going west might be a good idea, but he probably wouldn't be happy to see what's going on with Los Angeles as of late. The Dodgers are in last place in the National League West, the Angels are hovering near the bottom of the American League West, and the Lakers' appearance in the playoffs was brutally short. Tue, 21 May 2013 18:36:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 6351 at http://kgou.org Why Don't We Pay (More/Any) Attention To Los Angeles Mayoral Elections? It's ScuttleButton Time! http://kgou.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-10 We know how the president feels about it. "We don't have time to be playing these kinds of political games in Washington," Barack Obama said on Monday, in what many took to be a full attack on <strong>ScuttleButton</strong>, America's favorite political game.<p>I beg to differ. I say we DO have time to play these kind of political games, especially when a tee-shirt and Political Junkie button are at stake. With Talk of the Nation going off the air in ks a month-and a half and the future of ScuttleButton at risk, I say this is the BEST time to be playing. Wed, 15 May 2013 15:43:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 5939 at http://kgou.org It's ScuttleButton Time! It's ScuttleButton Time! http://kgou.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-9 Disgraced but asking for redemption.<p>I'm describing me, of course, after a spate of uneven <strong>ScuttleButton</strong> puzzles. Though, I must admit, I liked last week's offering.<p>ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or Tuesday — or, as they call today, "Wednesday" — 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 <em><strong>familiar</strong></em> expression. Wed, 08 May 2013 20:46:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 5481 at http://kgou.org It's ScuttleButton Time! Joe Biden Has History On His Side But Little Else If Hillary Clinton Runs http://kgou.org/post/joe-biden-has-history-his-side-little-else-if-hillary-clinton-runs It's pretty much a truism in American political history: If the president is not running again and the vice president wants his party's nomination, it's his for the asking.<p>That was the case in 1960, with <em><strong>President Eisenhower</strong></em> term-limited and Vice President <em><strong>Richard Nixon's</strong></em> path to the GOP nomination unimpeded.<p>It was also true in 1968, when <em><strong>President Johnson</strong></em> decided not to run again and his vice president, <em><strong>Hubert Humphrey</strong></em>, won the Democratic nomination despite not having entered a single Tue, 07 May 2013 10:33:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 5356 at http://kgou.org Joe Biden Has History On His Side But Little Else If Hillary Clinton Runs Open Democratic Senate Seats Again Give Big Opportunity For GOP, Or Not http://kgou.org/post/open-democratic-senate-seats-again-give-big-opportunity-gop-or-not The headlines have not been especially kind to Senate Democrats lately as they, for the second consecutive cycle, head into an election with a numerical disadvantage and more open seats to defend.<p>But looking at an election by simply counting the number of seats up that year or where incumbents are retiring misses the point. In 2012, the mantra was the Republican Party was going to win a Senate majority because the numbers so clearly favored them; they needed a net gain of just four, and of the 33 seats up that year, 23 were held by the Democrats. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:59:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 4946 at http://kgou.org Open Democratic Senate Seats Again Give Big Opportunity For GOP, Or Not It's ScuttleButton Time! http://kgou.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-8 An openly gay basketball player? Next thing you know, there will be openly clever <strong>ScuttleButton</strong> puzzles.<p>Only not this week.<p>ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or 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 <em><strong>familiar</strong></em> expression. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:58:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 4919 at http://kgou.org It's ScuttleButton Time! It's ScuttleButton Time! http://kgou.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-7 Lots of people have been inquiring about the future of <strong>ScuttleButton</strong>. While I wish I had an answer — I don't, not yet — I'd like to suggest that you sign up for the Political Junkie/ScuttleButton mailing list. That way, I will be able to share the information once I have it (see info below).<p>And what exactly IS ScuttleButton, you may ask?<p>It is, of course, that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or Tuesday I put up a vertical display of buttons on this site. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:43:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 4398 at http://kgou.org It's ScuttleButton Time! It's ScuttleButton Time! http://kgou.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-6 Hopefully, the disappointment/frustration of that April Fool's <strong>ScuttleButton</strong> has subsided and now you're ready for the real stuff.<p>ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or 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 <em><strong>familiar</strong></em> expression. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:18:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 4188 at http://kgou.org It's ScuttleButton Time! Sanford And Weiner: Different Humiliations, Same Remorseful Script http://kgou.org/post/sanford-and-weiner-different-humiliations-same-remorseful-script In the past three decades or so, when writing about political sex scandals became an art form, the tendency has always been to lump everyone together. There are many differences between, say, what <em><strong>Anthony Weiner</strong></em> did and what <em><strong>Mark Sanford</strong></em> did. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:11:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 4077 at http://kgou.org Sanford And Weiner: Different Humiliations, Same Remorseful Script It's ScuttleButton Time! http://kgou.org/post/its-scuttlebutton-time-5 I'm on vacation this week, and thus no Political Junkie column, Talk of the Nation appearance or podcast for me. But giving up <strong>ScuttleButton</strong>? No way.<p>ScuttleButton, of course, is that once-a-week waste of time exercise in which each Monday or 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 <em><strong>familiar</strong></em> expression. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 10:08:00 +0000 Ken Rudin 2961 at http://kgou.org It's ScuttleButton Time!