We Have A ScuttleButton Winner!

I think everyone by now is aware that last week's ScuttleButton puzzle led off with a button from the new governor of North Carolina ... and then, last night, North Carolina won the NCAA tournament ... once again showing to the world the influence of this blog.

And while Ron Paul did not win the NCAA tournament — it's that other contest, MY March Madness pool, that he's competing in — we DO have a ScuttleButton winner.

Remember, you can't win without including your name and city/state. But more to the point: You need to take one word or one concept per button, add 'em up, and arrive at a saying or a name.

Also: The answer does not necessarily have to be political. For instance, a few puzzles back the answer was "Minnesota Twins" — not political at all, unless you're thinking Mondale and Humphrey instead of Killebrew and Oliva.

Last week's buttons, in case you forgot:

Bev Perdue for North Carolina — A Democrat, she was elected the state's first female governor in 2008.

Early for Congress — Massachusetts Democrat Early won his first term in 1974 and served until he was defeated in '92 by Peter Blute (R).

John Hill for Governor — Hill, the Texas attorney general, defeated Gov. Dolph Briscoe in the 1978 Democratic primary but lost in the general to William Clements, the state's first Republican governor since Reconstruction.

Billy and Out With Willy/Vote for Billy — Two buttons on the same line suggest that what I'm looking for is a plural. But does anyone know who these candidates are?

So, when you add Bev + Early + Hill + Billies, you kind of get ...

Beverly Hillbillies — that wacky TV sitcom that ran on CBS from 1962 until 1971.

The winner, selected at random among the correct responders, is (drum roll) ... Cynthia Dodge of Radford, Va.

Several people missed the significance of the two "Billy" buttons on the same line, and thus submitted incorrect (or at least incomplete) answers. And as for those who complain that this particular puzzle doesn't belong in Political Junkie, once again, Janet Pickel of Pittsburgh comes to the rescue:

Should you hear any yammering that Beverly Hillbillies has no political connections, you can counter that Jed did run for office: Smog Commissioner! (I wonder if he had a campaign button?) And, of course, there was the greedy, scheming banker, Mr. Drysdale, who seems less like such a caricature and more like a role model for today's investment bankers.

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