Tomorrow, there’s another Republican Primary Debate (CNN, 8:00 EST) – cause for celebration for the political-junkie masochists among us. To stoke festive anticipation, here are ideas for drinking games/bar bets that can elevate watching the debate (with friends or even alone) to a new level of merriment.
#1: Traditional Secret Word Chug-a-Lug:
In homage to Groucho Marx and his descending duck, stipulate a magic word or two (or three – always a good tie-breaking number) that, when mentioned by a Republican debater, triggers a sip/gulp/total downing of the designated beverage (you set the house rules).
--On-the-floor-by-the-first-ad version: set the magic words as ‘Conservative,’ ‘America,’ and/or ‘Reagan.’
--Something-resembling-issues version: set the magic words as ‘Jobs,’ ‘Deficit,’ and/or ‘Greatness’ (all of which might put you on the floor even before the first ad).
--Really? -- Rick-Santorum? version: set the magic words as ‘Contraception,’ ‘Home Schooling,’ and ‘Transvaginal Ultrasound.’
#2: Bar-Bet Bingo:
It’s fun to drink; it’s even more fun to drink and have hopes of winning money. Here’s a variation of the Traditional Chug-a-Lug (see above).
--Pick one or more of the above categories.
--Select three drinks that fit your viewing audience’s preferences.
--Assign each drink to a magic word.
--Put drink bottles (with appropriate glasses) on your coffee table.
--Bet on which bottle will be the most empty at the end of the debate (or perhaps more accurately, on which bottle will be emptied first).
--Watch and guzzle.
--Determine the winner (Hah! Good luck with this step).
[Very Complicated Version: Actually make this into a bingo game, with buzz-words counting as numbers. I can’t imagine who would want to do this, unless you were having a huge debate party and had more time than Methuselah.]
If you participate in this experiment in democracy, let me know how it came out by leaving a comment (if you can figure out how to do so, and if so – please let me know) or shooting me an email.
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