I don't know if I'm the first to do this, but I doubt I'll be the last.
So the deal is: We were watching the Democratic debate tonight, and after hearing that weird little gnome Dennis Kucinich say "impeach the President" for the like third or fourth time, I mockingly shouted "bingo." Which suggested that maybe to spice up the debates we (the viewers) ought to be playing bingo with the candidates comments. Hence Democratic Debate Bingo!
Democratic Debate Bingo
Here are the rules:
Before the next two debates (November 15 and December 10), download and print out the bingo cards here, and give one to a friend. (Go ahead and print 'em; you have my license to do so.) Each of you keep a pen in hand. Choose two
candidates, and make your pair a different pair than your friend chooses. Write the last names of your candidates in the bottom-right and bottom-left corners of your bingo card. The current eight candidates are, in alphabetical order:
- Joseph Biden
- Hillary Clinton
- Christopher Dodd
- John Edwards
- Mike Gravel
- Dennis Kucinich
- Barack Obama
- Bill Richardson
Any time either
of your candidates says a phrase on your bingo card, draw a big "X" over that square. First person to get five "X" marks in a row, either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, wins. (Or loses. You decide.)
(Ahh... Kucinich... how can a candidate get any crazier? I very nearly put "UFO" on one of these cards because of him
By the way, lest you think I'm mocking the debates or the Democrats, I'm not. I'm a college-educated registered Republican (moderate capitalist leaning toward centrist/libertarian) who reads the newspaper regularly, who follows politics, and who seriously thinks that Barack Obama would make a damn fine President, despite occasionally disagreeing with him. Running this country is serious business, and if these bingo cards engage even one more voter to follow the process more closely, they were worth the time it took to put 'em together.