COLUMBUS _ ``How about `Obama-Gillibrand, 2012?''' Uncle Chet asked as he pored over his cards on a wintry night.
``Obama called her Friday, right after Paterson picked her,'' I reported.
``Let's get her into the Senate first,'' said Hon.
``Joe Biden hasn't been in office a week, and already you're trying to get rid of him,'' Alice noted.
``Just thinking ahead,'' said Uncle Chet, stroking his gray beard. ``In politics and chess, you can't think too far ahead.''
``How about in pitch?'' I got up from the table, loaded another log into the blazing stove. ``Think you'd like to bid tonight?''
``God hates a coward; I'll go two,'' said Uncle Chet.
``Three,'' said Alice with a little wave of her long silver hair.
``Bye me,'' I said.
``And me,'' said Hon, gazing at her partner as the girls played the boys for the bragging rights of northern Columbus.
Alice led the ace of spades and everyone followed suit, casting off some middling cards.
``A progressive woman hunter on the presidential ticket,'' said Uncle Chet. ``Republicans wouldn't know what to do about that, would they?''
``She and Obama would look good, side-by-side,'' said Alice.
```A vice president who won't shoot you in the face, because she knows what she's doing,''' I said.
``There's a slogan for the ol' West,'' said Uncle Chet.
```Vote Gillibrand, the straight shooter,''' said Hon.
``And that'll work anywhere,'' he said. ``Of course, first she has to keep the Senate seat next year and that won't be easy if the recession keeps getting worse.''
``Which it will,'' said Hon.
``She'll carry upstate,'' I predicted.
``But she's catching heat downstate over this gun issue,'' said Alice. ``Have you seen the Times? Maureen Dowd was nasty.''