The Final Debate Drinking Game

I’ll be wine-and-cheesing it like a true East Coast elite at my friend’s pad in Brooklyn (we’ll probably even use old editions of The New Yorker for coasters) while I live-blog with you all. Whatever you’re doing, I hope you have some booze, because the Feministe team has got a game for you. Add your suggestions in the comments.

SIP whenever McCain smiles inappropriately or speaks out of turn.

SMELL your wine appreciatively whenever Obama gives that knowing, brow-furrowed, I-am-very-serious nod.

DRINK if Obama panders to anti-choicers before stating a strong pro-choice position. Ditto for marriage equality. GULP if McCain references Dredd Scott — it means he’s getting the dogwhistles down.

DRINK whenever Obama talks about his parents or McCain talks about being a POW.

TAKE A SHOT when McCain brings up Ayers (because you know he’s going to). Follow that shot with another if he actually uses the phrase “pallin’ around with terrorists.”

TOAST if Obama follows up the Ayers mention by pointing out that one of McCain’s major donors also sat on one of those boards, and/or that McCain has his own connections not only to anti-choice terrorists, but to the U.S. Council of World Freedom, on whose board he sat — an organization that Hendrik Herzberg describes as “the American outpost of the World Anti-Communist League, a sort of clearing house for former Nazi collaborators, Central American death-squad leaders, and assorted international thugs.”

TAKE A SHOT if Obama mentions the Keating Five.

DRINK if McCain uses the phrase “My friends” or “My friend” like a bad salesman. Also drink for “American people.”

SIP when McCain tells us how much he understands.

DRINK whenever the moderator has to scold the candidates for not following the time rules. Drink double if it’s McCain who keeps breaking the rules and Obama who keeps getting scolded.

TAKE A SHOT if McCain refers to himself as a “maverick.”

SIP for every mention of Main Street vs. Wall Street.

DRINK whenever someone makes a lame joke. Take a shot if you actually laugh.

CHUG if either candidate calls the other “that one.”

POUR YOURSELF ANOTHER GLASS whenever the debate becomes mind-numblingly boring.

Don’t forget to tune in to the Feministe live-blog!


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9 comments for “The Final Debate Drinking Game

  1. October 15, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Whoo hoo! I’m finally not sick, so I can actually drink this time. THANK GOD.

  2. October 15, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    McCain’s creepy laugh/smile should be included. Is McCain attempting to channel Heath Ledger’s performance of the Joker?

  3. October 15, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    I’m doing a nice Merlot out here in Westchester County for the debate, and will be live blogging and twittering. One suggestion to your drinking game. Pop a bottle of Champagne if John McCain loses his temper and blurts out something like, “Listen here you little punk!”

  4. October 15, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Crap, I think we’re out of red wine, and I’m too lazy to go get more. And some Brie would be nice.

  5. Marksman2000
    October 16, 2008 at 1:59 am

    Thank Gawd for public transportation.

  6. October 16, 2008 at 2:40 am

    Thanks so much. My partner and I did a drunk post-debate co-blogging experiment and were completely wrecked.

  7. curiouser
    October 16, 2008 at 10:47 am

    I wasn’t home during the debates.
    Did Obama mention that Palin’s husband’s attempt to get Alaska to secede from the union?

  8. October 16, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    curiouser: Obama did not mention Mr. Palin’s ties. He, in general, ignored Palin’s presence in the campaign.

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