|1 DRINK||2 DRINK||3 DRINKS|
Kerry pumps his fist
“war on terror”
any did-he-just-say-that? moment
“support our troops”
heartfelt campaign story
“turning the corner”
candidate mentions an ordinary American by name
visual aid use
one candidate speaks directly to the other
We split into two teams, and each team switched off from being the team who had to drink at the mention of buzzwords. Buzzwords in bold, when mentioned, necessitated that members of both teams drink, regardless of which team was in the hot seat. At the beginning of each turn, the drinking team would choose a word from the list which would be their safety word: if the word was mentioned, the other team would have to drink N times (where N is the square of the number of drinks allocated to that word), and the turn would switch over. A turn would also switch whenever a new question was asked of the candidates.
We got a little loose in our interpretations and added a few phrases (which also appear above) as the evening progressed, but it turned out to be a pretty good list. Kevin, clearly disappointed at Wally‘s absence, declared that any references to “blogs,” “the blogosphere,” or “new media” must be immediately followed by everyone finishing his or her drink. When, at the end of the night, Rob Courddry of The Daily Show [correction, via Agi: it was Wesley Clark, interviewed by Jon Stewart] used the phrase “right-wing blogs,” our jaws all dropped and so did the beers, down the hatch.