Political Operatives Mourn as Inventor of Etch-a-Sketch Dies

Yesterday, Andre Cassagnes, the 86-year-old inventor of the Etch-A-Sketch, died in his home outside Paris. Of complications from learning that his invention did not ultimately help Mitt Romney win the presidency. The toy was already inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in 1998, and can now rightfully take its place in the Political Toy Hall of Fame for its role in the 2012 presidential election.

Current inductees include: Lincoln Logs (Lincoln; Barack “You Didn’t Built That” Obama), Slinky (John Edwards), Checkers (Richard Nixon), Monopoly (Herbert Hoover), Transformers (Mitt Romney, John Kerry), Bratz Dolls (Michele Bachmann), Troll Dolls (Dennis Kucinich), and Buzz Lightyear (Newt Gingrich). [New York Times]

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