NEW YORK - It's not unheard of to develop double vision at some point during the annual alcohol-infused Pennsylvania Society weekend.
After all, many of the 60-plus receptions, fundraisers, dinners and private parties offer open bars.
But this year's 116th gathering of the Keystone State's power elite, elected officials, lobbyists, wannabes and hangers-on included a double-shot of, "Wait, am I seeing two of who I think I'm seeing?"
Both cases involved current newsmakers.
Attorney General Kathleen Kane's identical-twin sister, Ellen Granahan, was in attendance.
Kane could easily use her as a surrogate in Labor Day parades.
Or the embattled attorney general could pretend to be her, to avoid answering pesky reporters' questions.
Not saying she did; just saying she could.
(By the way, as Kane awaits grand-jury action that could cause a peck of problems related to a leak of documents to the Daily News, she says she intends to seek re-election in 2016.)
Kane's sister, you may recall, works for the Attorney General's Office. Has since 2008. Was an assistant district attorney in Lackawanna County, as was Kane. Now heads the attorney general's child-predator unit, a post to which she was promoted last year after Kane took office.
She tells me that Kane is her "older sister" - by seven minutes. Kane says she's seven minutes more mature.
When I share this story with a former Democratic leader, he shouts, "That's it! The trouble Kane's in? It isn't her. It's her evil twin!"
I should note that there's absolutely no evidence of this.
The second reason that some might've staggered in their tracks muttering, "Hey, isn't that . . . ?" is that Philly lawyer Neil Sklaroff looks a lot like Gov.-elect Tom Wolf.
The Ballard Spahr partner, who now has a little less hair and a thinner beard than in his photo on Ballard's website, says he was mistaken for Wolf several times during the weekend.
He also notes that he used to be in the lumber business, which clearly implies linkage to the Wolf family and its generations-old cabinetry company.
At the very least, Sklaroff presents Wolf the option of being in two places at once as he undertakes the challenges of governing.
I suggest that Wolf let Sklaroff deal with the House.
But enough seeing double.
I polled pols on their one political wish for the holiday season, on the theory that by their words maybe ye shall know them.
Here are some responses.
* Mayor Nutter: "I wish people would stop killing each other in Philadelphia."
* Mayoral wannabe Lynne Abraham: "A better education system, which will be the main focus of my administration."
Nice to have a plan.
* Tom Wolf: "I would like to have a really, really good relationship with the Legislature."
Yeah, well, wait till you meet the members.
* Ron Castille: "The appointment of judges . . . we've had some recent examples of the difficulties that can arise from the elective process."
Yo, Seamus, I'm pretty sure he's talking about you.
* Gov. Corbett: "To see Pennsylvania continue to prosper and grow."
No comment. It's the holidays. And he's leaving.
* Kathleen Kane: "Peace."
She sure could use some.
* Ed Rendell: "That John Baer gets lost on a tropical island."
Wait . . . what? He always wanted me to get lost. But he used to want me to go to a place much warmer than the tropics. Perhaps he's in the holiday spirit.
My vote for line of the weekend, however, goes to former House Speaker John Perzel.
Released from prison earlier this year after serving nearly two years for corruption, Perzel pointed at my tux, pointed at his tux, and said: "Where I was before, everybody was dressed the same, too."