Debate drinking game.

Thanks to Agi’s suggestion, Kraken‘s creativity, and the world wide web, we had a little debate party at the Frogstar last night, which involved a little Bush-Kerry drinking game.

“homeland security”
Kerry pumps his fist
“war on terror”
any did-he-just-say-that? moment
“American values”
“support our troops”
heartfelt campaign story
“turning the corner”
moderator interruption
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.


14 thoughts on “Debate drinking game.

  1. ah, but it was actually general wesley clark who said it (on the daily show indeed). and this is from the (pathetic) girl who drank less than half a beer last night, using a generous definition of “sip,” so i’m sober enough to remember. and obsessive/compulsive enough to mention it! the best part is, he was saying something about the right-wing bloggers being up-in-arms about bush’s (pathetic) performance.
    ps Amrys, have you remembered yet which was the third moment that had us exchanging a “wtf?” look? i haven’t had the time to hit the transcript yet.
    pps “i have never wilted in my life!”
    ppps “i get up every morning and think about how to make america safer. that’s my job!

  2. Ah — you’re right! I guess I don’t expect that sort of hilarity from the interviewees, but I remember now. The segment with Courddry and Helms was utterly inspired, though, I must say.
    I’ve just gone over the transcript a couple of times, and I’m still having a hard time remembering what it was. Perhaps the thing about their daughters?

    First of all, I — I admire, ah — ah — Senator Kerry’s service to our country. I admire the fact that he is a great dad. Appreciate the fact that his daughters have been so kind to my daughters and — in a — what has been a pretty hard experience for, I guess, young girls seeing their dads out there campaigning. I admire the fact that he served for 20 years in the Senate, although I’m not sure I admire the record. I won’t hold it against him that he went to Yale. Nothing wrong with that.

    Anyway, the full text is here, if you want to take a finer comb to it than I did.
    So, what do you think: should we do this again next week?
    PS: The Global Test: No Country Left Behind!

  3. oh wow i think that is the one i was thinking of! nice work. and now i also remember one other incident, with bush repeating the word “brave” about a hundred times, and okay here we go:

    Now, my opponent says he’s going to try to change the dynamics on the ground. Well, Prime Minister Allawi was here. He is the leader of that country. He’s a brave, brave man. When he came, after giving a speech to the Congress, my opponent questioned his credibility.
    You can’t change the dynamics on the ground if you’ve criticized the brave leader of Iraq.
    One of his campaign people alleged that Prime Minister Allawi was like a puppet. That’s no way to treat somebody who’s courageous and brave, that is trying to lead his country forward.

    like a puppet!

  4. Guys this is like the dorkiest thing I’ve ever read. It’s seriously like listening in on a phone conversation between the Sweet Valley twins – if they were working for the Nader campaign.

  5. i am not gonna take this from the likes of you. (i almost responded “you are dead” an hour or two ago, and then you cut your finger. your insult-typing finger. coincidence? i think not!)
    ps (re:world leaders) “i know how these people think!”

  6. Congrats — I Googled “Bush/Kerry Debate Drinking Game” and your site was in the top five links! I like it. We’re going to use this one tonight (Friday 10/8).

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