Thursday, April 10, 2008

Pinochle Politics - Gail Collins in New York Times

Pinochle Politics - Gail Collins op-ed in New York Times: "“... I was raised on pinochle and the American Dream.”

This is Hillary Clinton in a TV ad running in Pennsylvania in which she reminisces about spending childhood vacations in Scranton. Once again, a campaign in which we thought we had heard every possible piece of information delivers a little surprise.

Really, it’s hard to count the questions this line raises. Is pinochle particularly popular in Pennsylvania? Did Mark Penn do a poll on this? Did something inspiring happen at the pinochle table that caused Clinton to make this particular connection? (“Young Hillary, if you play your cards right, someday you could become president of the United States.”)"


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