PHILADELPHIA — Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton walked somberly into a press conference Tuesday and stood before microphones. Reporters tensed, sensing something big might be afoot.
“This has been a very hard fought race,” she said. “We clearly need to do something so that our party and our people can make the right decision. So, I have a proposal.”
The tension grew. Reporters shifted in their seats. Was she dropping out of the race? Offering to join rival Barack Obama as his running mate?
“Today, I am challenging Senator Obama to a bowl-off,” Clinton said, provoking relieved laughs from the assembled scribes.
Clinton carried on, making reference to Obama’s disastrous outing at a Pennsylvania bowling alley Saturday.
“A bowling night. Right here in Pennsylvania. The winner take all,” she went on. “I’ll even spot him two frames.”
“… Let’s strike a deal and go bowling for delegates. We don’t have a moment to spare, because it’s already April Fools’ Day. Happy April Fools’ Day.”