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Democratic Debate Bingo by phantom-inker Democratic Debate Bingo by phantom-inker
I don't know if I'm the first to do this, but I doubt I'll be the last.

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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!

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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 ;) )

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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.
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Beta-Maxis Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
I have no idea what your political affiliation in that last paragraph means, AT ALL. (I apologize for using all caps, but I have NO IDEA how to make slanted letters due to being HTML illiterate)
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
On a fiscal liberalism-to-conservatism scale from -10 (highly conservative) to +10 (highly liberal), I am a -2. On a social liberalism-to-conservatism scale from -10 (highly conservative) to +10 (highly liberal), I am a +1. These are the two primary axes on which the spectra of political leanings can be plotted, with the Democratic party centered around (+8,+8), the Republican party centered around (-8,-8), and a true centrist at (0,0). I approach pure centrism but lean slightly fiscally conservative and slightly socially liberal, a position which is neither Republican nor Democrat.

Does that help at all?
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Beta-Maxis Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Well, I always considered politics needlessly complicated and never understood the difference between 'fiscal' and 'social' in political context. I'm mostly a negetarian Protestant who quite frankly doesn't give a d**n about sexuality.
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not about sex. The fiscal and social spectra exist in the abstract, and are a pair of mathematical axes that can be used to measure every form of government from democracy to monarchy to anarchy.

If you want to get a better feel for how those concepts work and where you really fit relative to them, try taking this excellent politics test: [link]
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Captainface Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
:rofl: That is clever. I'm a big hardcore conservative and this makes my day. Keep up the work man!
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FluffysTenseiga Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
I think I just peed myself. Well done. I'm a hardcore very liberalistic democratic and I still find this funny. :D
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Kenthayle Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007
Best. Idea. Ever.
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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Ironhorse Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007
I think a Kucinich/Ron Paul ticket is a sign of the apocalypse, but it would be a very entertaining apocalypse.
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What about Kucinich/Perot? They could call it the "angry gnomes ticket" :D
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