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.