NEWS QUIZ: 2/26

MULTIPLE CHOICE: For each question below, please circle the letter of the correct response. Each letter should be used only ONCE.

1. Which candidate is quoted as saying:”The separation of church and state makes me want to throw up!”?
a. Newt Gingrich
b. Mitt Romney
c. Rick Santorum
d. Ron Paul

2. Who is quoted as boasting about the two Cadillacs his wife drives?
a. Newt Gingrich
b. Mitt Romney
c. Rick Santorum
d. Ron Paul

3. Who is dreaming about establishing territories on the moon?
a. Newt Gingrich
b. Mitt Romney
c. Rick Santorum
d. Ron Paul

4. Who is left standing there looking at the others and thinking, “And they think I’m nucking futs?”
a. Newt Gingrich
b. Mitt Romney
c. Rick Santorum
d. Ron Paul

SCORING: It really doesn’t matter, folks. Because, as Simon and Garfunkel put it so long ago, “Talk about it, shout about it. When you’ve got to choose, every way you look at it you lose.”

16 Responses

  1. One of the things that I have been wondering about is if the Republicans have been hoist with their own petard. I mean, think about it–a year ago it was all doom and gloom for Obama–it looked as if almost any Republican candidate would be able to beat him, and it seemed pretty clear to all that Romney was going to be that candidate–no one else came near to his stature. But now things have changed dramatically. There has been a real race in the Republican primaries, and even the mice have been able to find at least one billionaire sugar daddy to keep their campaign alive. I think that the rise of the Super PACs are what have done this–too much money flowing into the republican primaries have allowed terrible candidates who have no possible chance to win in November to tear Romney apart. The end of credible campaign finance laws have destroyed Romney as a candidate, and turned what should have been an easy November victory into an almost certain loss. the Republican Party, having sold itself to those crackpot billionaires, is now being destroyed by those crackpot billionaires.

  2. SuperPACs are going to destroy both – all – the parties. There is simply no need for them any longer when your organization, message and structure down to the individual can be handled by the internet, particularly the social media. I would argue advertising on TV is for persons 50+.

    I still have this theory: Ron Paul could jump forward in November simply because he’s the Last Man Standing. His “negatives” are very low compared to Newt and Mitt. I believe the Cross of Gold candidate will, also, begin to wear thin – real quick like.

  3. Hey PM: I agree with most of what you said, but an almost certain loss for Republicans is a long way off. Stubborn unemployment could take another turn for the worse, along with rising commodity prices (think oil) and powder kegs ready to ignite in the Middle East (led by Iran and Syria). It’s a long way from over. I hope things go well on all those fronts and not because I’m rooting for Mr. Obama but rather I’d like to see us back on steady ground. Nine months in politics is….well, a long time.

    • Mike: I agree with you–a significant downturn in the economy could result in an Obama loss. I just think that the unintended consequences of the loss of any sort of control over money in politics has a negative effect on the “out” party in presidential politics–I think that it magnifies the destructive half of political competition (because negative ads are so much easier). I am most definitely NOT saying that this problem has anything specifically to do with Republicans. other than they have more generally been in favor of unlimited campaign spending–if we had a president Romney in the White House, I expect that the Democratic primaries would be far more destructive under these circumstances than they were in the 2008 elections.

  4. The fact that I could correctly answer all the questions about stuff that will be completely forgotten in a couple of months suggests that I’m misspending my age even worse than I misspent my youth.

    If the government, or something, can make a drug company or a tort aggregator put a speed talker on at the end of a t.v. ad to correct some of the misapprehensions that the ad created, shouldn’t it be possible make t.v. political ads correct their worst mendacity even if it’s done at 200 words per minute or in exceedingly fine print.

  5. I so agree, John. Students are shocked when I tell them political ads do not have to follow FTC ad substantiation claims. “You mean they can just lie?” Well..er..no…but..yes. Meanwhile:

    Poor Mitt just can’t stop talk ex-temp. Referring to NASCAR, he was asked if he’s a fan. He answered no, but some of his friends own NASCAR cars. And don’t forget, wife Ann drive 2 Caddies. What you say is: “The roar of the engine is in my blood. I love cars, all cars!”

    And the elephant is Newt’s favorite animal because of its trunk. Geez.
    What you say is: “The dog. Because they are faithful and loyal. Like me. Scratch that last part.”

    Mike K. is correct: Nine months is an eternity from now. But let’s suppose we’re at pretty much the status quo then. Would you at that point want to turn things over to “a new guy” or stick with who you’ve got?

    I happen to be one who believes the economy is improving. My home value is down but my retirement savings are up. And I know I’m a lucky, lucky woman to be able to say both.

    I do not believe America is under attack from within and that God and the Constitution are right where they’ve always been. And I don’t care what you think of the USA, the flag, homosexuals, prayer or taxes. Man/woman up, make room for all and behave.

  6. “When 2012 is wrapped up, it may well be that only one person unambiguously benefited from Citizens United and the rise of the superPACs to sustain the campaigns of what would once have been longshot candidates — the same person who had initially opposed Citizens United, Barack Obama.”

    from:

    http://blog.oup.com/2012/02/brokered-republican-convention/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+oupblog+%28OUPblog%29

  7. Thought this line from Lim was also good: “..the primary electorate is being invited to live in an alternate universe, where ideological purity and consistency rather than moderation will be rewarded.”

    Watched a History Channel program on Abraham Lincoln last night and I was again struck by the strength of his convictions, the beauty of his prose, the raw intelligence that was displayed every day. In case there is anybody out there in the universe who has not read TEAM OF RIVALS by Doris Kearns-Goodwin, I recommend it as the best bio I’ve ever had the pleasure to read.

    What would Lincoln say if he could see what’s going on? He’d be sadder looking than he already does in statuary at his memorial.

  8. The vote count in MI was 998,842; in 2008 MI had 7,470,764 registered voters. All this fuss and feathers is about 13.4% of the voting population. It’s not as ridiculous as the obsession with tiny percentage in the Iowa caucuses, but it’s still pretty silly.

    If the media covered anything other than the horse race, they might have to think, and that probably wouldn’t work out too well.

    • For years the media has been criticized for this “horse race” reporting. But, it’s cheap, it’s easy and it has numbers. Ooh.

      And, let’s be fair. If ABC News began tonight with the Intro: “Tonight we begin our 15 part examination into the political party system, from robo-calls to SuperPACs and the effect a two-year old Supreme Court ruling has had on the viability of the parties,” do you think anyone would watch?

      Sometimes we just want it dumbed down for us.

  9. Ellen:

    I think you are right. If things are the same as now, Obama wins (or improving). If we slide backward and gas is $5 a gallon, look out. Yes, people’s retirement money is up and doing quite well (if they have invested sanely…their houses are a different story).

    However, people aren’t spending that money each day unless they are retired, but people are buying gas and food, both of which have risen. In addition, older folks are dumbfounded that a 50,000 CD paying nearly $2000 in 2006 is now paying less than $500.

    High consumer prices could put the brakes on this recovery….and fast. I’m not predicting that. God knows…I wouldn’t predict the market or economy in the short term if my life depended on it (and it doesn’t).

    The simple fact is that economies thrive or slow regardless of what the president says or does. This one will recover when it recovers, and it may or may not be in time to get Mr. Obama re-elected.

  10. Well we’re being far too sensible with this, aren’t we? Too many people do blame the President (whomever she is) for the entire economy. I believe in “the invisible hand” — excepting this hand has lots of extra fingers that Adam Smith never dreamed of.

    I’ve also been thinking about Obama. His promise/pledge in 2008 was unequivocal: “YES WE CAN”. That’s a much better bumper sticker than: “YES WE CAN BUT IT WILL TAKE TIME AND WE’RE TRYING TO WORK ON IT WITH AN OBSTRUCTIONIST CONGRESS.”

  11. Last time I looked, Ellen, the job of Congress wasn’t to go along with everything the president puts forth. The left seems to love to obstruct when it doesn’t occupy the White House but then shifts gears when it does.

    It also seems to enjoy leveling every charge imaginable at the president when he’s a Republican, but then disclaiming ownership when the occupant is one of them.

    Mr. Obama has had his share of bad ideas and policy since he’s been president, as did Mr. Bush. Again, it’s one man, often prone to the influences of ideology and re-election.

    The comment about the invisible hand was amusing. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, there still seems to be a segment of this society that sees all our economic problems as being caused by “capitalism,” Wall Street and lack of regulation, blithely ignoring the major role that government and quasi government agencies and government endorsed entities (think rating agencies) caused. How perfectly convenient.

  12. Mike: You didn’t catch the sarcasm in my comment, I guess. -EMM

  13. Ellen:

    Usually I catch on sarcasm….I must have been tired that day.

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