Tuesday Tussle: What’s Your VP Debate Drinking Game Of Choice?
12:30 pm, October 9th | by Sarah Devlin
Sarah: All right
So the VP debate is this Thursday
I’m coming off an embarrassing bet on an Obama win last week
So now I don’t even know what will happen
Up is down, down is up
What’s your prediction?
Laura: I think Ryan has it in the bag
He is going to slaughter Biden
Sarah: You think? He hasn’t been as wonky on the campaign trail as he’s been made out to be
Laura: Well for one
Paul Ryan has done 179 interviews since August. Joe Biden has done 1.
Sarah: I feel like he’s going to look a bit inexperienced and naive
Laura: Biden’s gaffes have also made him look ridiculous this year.
Sarah: Eh, I don’t know if the Ryan interview count really makes a difference…Biden’s been in office for 4 years, in Washington for 30
Ryan needed to do a ton of interviews so people could get to know him
Everyone knows who Joe Biden is at this point
Laura: Right but couldn’t the same argument be applied to Obama circa 2008?
The whole “inexperienced” claim.
Clearly he has gotten beyond that, even though he hasn’t walked on water as some thought he would.
Sarah: Yeah but I think it was spun successfully as “young and fresh”
The problem with Ryan
is that if he explains his budget plan in detail
voters hate it
it cuts everything they love!
So specificity is his enemy in this debate
And if he’s super vague, then all the wonky advantage he brings to the table is lost
So I think it’ll be interesting
I know last week there were a lot of “presidential debate drinking games” floating around
Did you play one?
Laura: No I’m a weakling
I would die
Laura: I can’t do that on weeknights
If you were going to make rules for a VP debate drinking game though, what would they be?
Mine would be “drink every time someone says ‘entitlements’ and then go to the hospital”
Laura: I would say “drink every time you hear the word ‘college poster’”
Wasn’t Ryan the one who said all these post-grads are still living with their parents?
Sarah: Ah yes, I remember that line from the convention
Yup, that was him!
Also, if you want to pre-game the debate, drink every time a commentator mentions Ryan’s workout regime
Obama works out a lot too
So does Michelle Obama
Laura: No one gives her guff about it
I feel like people are just really intrigued by the whole P90X situation
As am I
Laura: I definitely am too
Even though I don’t believe in working out every day
Sarah: I don’t think I’ll be satisfied until I get more photographic information
Like the ridiculous shots Putin puts out there all the time
Laura: I think we have seen shirtless photos of Ryan before
Sarah: Admit it, if the photo accompanying Romney’s announcement of Ryan as the VP pick was Paul Ryan shirtless on a horse, you would never stop laughing
It would be great
Putin’s was so much funnier though
Because he isn’t ripped
Sarah: I mean
Laura: He is flabby
Sarah: There’s a lot going on there
Anyway, more rules
Drink anytime Biden mentions Amtrak
Laura: Drink every time Ryan says “hope,” or that it isn’t a platform
Laura: And I am talking about beer
Sarah: Well, sure
We don’t want any deaths
Sarah: Drink every time either guy addresses the moderator by first name
Is it Candy Crowley this week?
Laura: I think so.
Drink every time Biden refers to the 47 percent. I bet he will
Sarah: He should
I think that was a missed opportunity for Obama. He’s totally within his rights to do it
Laura: He tried to stay above it
But just ended up looking comatose
Sarah: I do think Ryan and Biden won’t be able to be as rude to this moderator as Romney and Obama were to Jim Lehrer.
It’s not a good look to be interrupting and cutting off a female moderator
Laura: Yeah exactly
Sarah: I don’t think either of them will want to look like “Just a minute, sweetheart” type guys
Laura: I don’t think Ryan is brash toward women either
They’re not bloviators
Sarah: So maybe they’ll both stay within their time limits and actually answer questions
Laura: Every time someone doesn’t, take a drink.
Every time you hear the word “interrupt,” drink.
Laura: Do you think either of them will have the weird stare that Romney wore last week?
That Jason Sudeikis emulated?
Laura: He is SO good, btw
Sarah: Well this is a town hall, I think, so they will both probably make more eye contact
Yeah his impression is pretty spot on
Well, I’m looking forward to it
I probably won’t actually play this drinking game because I value my life, but I think we came up with a pretty good one
It will definitely get you tipsy
Sarah: And really, isn’t that WHY WE WATCH THESE DEBATES?
Laura: I think they’re going to get pretty wild for people if they drink each time
Sarah: Well at least someone will be having fun