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Sleuth's 2nd Official Presidential Debate Watch Game

We predict tonight's debate will be livelier than last week's snooze-fest. John McCain has no choice. (Hello, Mr. 14 Points Behind!) All of which means the Sleuth's official debate watch game could get out of control.

Let's get right to it. The rules are the same as last week and, again, the Sleuth does not condone binge drinking! (So, please, no emails tomorrow complaining about your hangovers as you did last week.)

Each time McCain or Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama says one of the following words or phrases, shout it loudly and, if you must, take a drink of your favorite non-alcoholic beverage. (Cue scene of the Sleuth channeling Sarah Palin and winking.) To keep score, circle ahead of time the buzzwords and phrases you think the candidates will employ tonight, worth five points each time they are uttered by either candidate -- or moderator. And have fun! Here is the list:


ACORN

Bill Ayers

Tony Rezko

Tony Romo (double shot)

Bailout

Bubble

Derivatives

Brooksley Born (double shot)

My Friend(s)

North Korea

Lincoln-Douglas

Great Depression

Alan Greenspan

Paul Krugman (double shot)

Lehman Brothers

Golden Parachute

401K

Middle Class (triple shot if McCain says it)


Here are three bonus prediction questions, each worth 10 points:

1) How many times will McCain say "my friends"? (Can he possibly top last week's count of 22 times?)

2) Will Obama be pressed on his relationship with ACORN, Bill Ayers or anyone else from his past (including the big enchilada: Rev. Jeremiah Wright)? Yes or No.

3) Will moderator Bob Schieffer reprimand either candidate for not answering his questions? Yes or No.

Post your guesses in the comments section before the start of tonight's debate (9 p.m. ET) with your bonus point predictions and tomorrow we'll post the name(s) of the winner(s) here on the Sleuth. Anyone who predicts exactly the answer to question No. 1 wins the bonus round. Questions No. 2 and No. 3 will be tie breakers. Good luck!

By Mary Ann Akers  |  October 15, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
 
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NO VOTER SUPPRESSION, NOT NOW NOT EVER!
WATCH OUT FOR THE FACIST REPUB'S!


STAND BESIDE ACORN AMERICA!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 15, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Mary Ann Akers is hot as hell

Posted by: oblivious | October 15, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

What about "Maverick"? I can't believe this is not on the list.

Posted by: Canada | October 15, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

What a boring game!!! find something better, will you?

Posted by: driver | October 15, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Ronald Regan

Posted by: Jason | October 15, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

1)20
2)Big yes
3)probably

Posted by: Anonymous | October 15, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

dear stupide amerikans, you continue to cling to your acorns while i take over your country. signed, barak hussein obama

Posted by: roscoe p. coaltrain | October 15, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Are you married Ms. Mary Ann Akers? If not, let's have dinner.

Posted by: DG | October 15, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

ACORN 4

Bill Ayers 5

Tony Rezko 2

Tony Romo (double shot)

Bailout 4

Bubble 0

Derivatives 0

Brooksley Born (double shot)

My Friend(s) 5

North Korea 5

Lincoln-Douglas

Great Depression 0

Alan Greenspan 2

Paul Krugman (double shot)

Lehman Brothers

Golden Parachute 4

401K 6

Middle Class (triple shot if McCain says it) 6


Here are three bonus prediction questions, each worth 10 points:

1) How many times will McCain say "my friends"? (Can he possibly top last week's count of 22 times?) 15

2) Will Obama be pressed on his relationship with ACORN, Bill Ayers or anyone else from his past (including the big enchilada: Rev. Jeremiah Wright)? Yes or No. yes

3) Will moderator Bob Schieffer reprimand either candidate for not answering his questions? Yes or No. yes


You left out how many times Obama will say the word "FOLKS" usually preceded my middle class.


Post your guesses in the comments section before the start of tonight's debate (9 p.m. ET) with your bonus point predictions and tomorrow we'll post the name(s) of the winner(s) here on the Sleuth. Anyone who predicts exactly the answer to question No. 1 wins the bonus round. Questions No. 2 and No. 3 will be tie breakers. Good luck!

Posted by: political observer | October 15, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

this would be fun if you came at if from both sides. why be partisan? drinking games are great fun but by only presenting McCain things it ruins the experience.

Posted by: joe | October 15, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

This game seems a bit flawed, far too many chances for "hits". "My Friends" alone will result in no one finishing!

Posted by: Some Guy | October 15, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

how about "how many outright lies will Obama tell?" Last debate there was 18 outright lies, so there is plenty of room for guessing.

Posted by: don todd | October 15, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

we chug a beer every time obama says "change" and "hope" in the same sentence.

Posted by: thunderroad | October 15, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I seond that. Mary Ann is hot as hell

Posted by: New Yorker | October 15, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

dear stupide amerikans, you continue to cling to your acorns while i take over your country. signed, barak hussein obama

Posted by: roscoe p. coaltrain | October 15, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

1. McCain will not top 22.. I say 19
2. Obama will not be pressed on his relationships but it will be mentioned.
3. No one will be reprimanded for not answering.

Posted by: Cazz | October 15, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Bill Ayers
Bailout
Derivatives
My Friend(s)
Great Depression
Paul Krugman (double shot)
Lehman Brothers
401K
Middle Class (triple shot if McCain says it)


Here are three bonus prediction questions, each worth 10 points:

1) 25

2) No

3) Yes

Posted by: Anonymous | October 15, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised "Wall Street" and "Main Street" are not on the list.

Posted by: Ed | October 15, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

If McCain is going to BUDGE the polls, he's going to have to learn that dropping ONE glove (Palin) isn't going to cut it - the good cop/bad cop routine doesn't work in a political campaign! You can't be a "nice guy" in a knife fight!

Free advice to John:

1) Learn to use "THAT MEANS…" Don't just say "I tried to prevent the Fannie/Freddie debacle", tell HOW the whistle was blown and the red flag raised... and name names of those who resisted! Respond to Obama's charges with facts, like "Tax cuts don't reduce revenues... they INCREASE them every time they're tried". Point out that corporations don't pay taxes... they pass the costs on to their customers or they cut costs by laying off workers. Either way, taxing corporations hurts FAMILIES. Talk about removing tax barriers to REPATRIATING offshore operations.

2) Mudslinging may be distasteful, but it WORKS. TALK about why Obama's economic policy is a disaster. Talk about ALL his associations* and the PATTERN they depict. (Don't get bogged down in the specifics of Ayers or Wright... give the totality of associations and let the CLOUD swirl around him!) Talk about ACORN. Talk about his WORLD VIEW. When asked about your own policies - give a CONCISE answer and end on a CONTRAST with "that one". Never let an answer end without a hit on Obama... keep him on the defensive!

3) DISTILL the World View difference down to brass tacks:

Obama World View: America is a greedy evil which must be restrained. Government is the answer to the problems of the downtrodden. Taxation's purpose is to redistribute wealth and to manipulate behavior.

McCain World View: America is a powerful force for GOOD in the world and the people can accomplish great things if they are UNCHAINED. Americans are the most charitable people on the face of the earth and don't need Government to decide where to distribute their charity for them. Taxation is a necessary evil to generate revenues for the appropriate business of Government, which is constitutionally limited.

*http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.1445/pub_detail.asp

Posted by: edeldoug | October 15, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

a) 26
b) Yes
c) No. He's not out to get questions answered. He's out to get some good reality television as these two mix it up.

Why can't we do it like American Idol? $1 a vote, vote as often as you want... money goes to retire the national debt. Let the special interests buy the White House directly and cut out the middle (class) (wo)men.

Posted by: lilgerry | October 15, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Top vote getting words:

Main Street (Obama)
Wall Street (McCain)
Elm Street (Palin)

Taxes
NUCULAR (McCain)
Nuclear (Obama)

Petraeus
Ahmadinejad (Obama)
Ahmeenjihad (McCain)

1. 17 times
2. No
3. Yes

Posted by: My Friends | October 15, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Damn good game... at least it gets people LISTENING to the debate instead of just going... well, I'm voting for the taller, blacker, whiter, older, younger, hotter vice prez etc... candidate... good on ya MA!

Posted by: Ember | October 15, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Akers journalism is totally incindinary, has absolute no value. To say she is hot problem means knows how to write flame material.

Bad taste for the Washington Post to print it. The problem with the media it is flaming the elections and the state of the economy.

Too bad they do not have the brain power to write contstructive journalism.

Posted by: Intelligent Reader | October 15, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post, How about some real reporting and investigating on both sides!!!

Posted by: Grace | October 15, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Don Todd said, "how about 'how many outright lies will Obama tell?' Last debate there was 18 outright lies"

That's an outright lie.

Posted by: alan | October 15, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

You forgot:
Teddy Roosevelt
my hero...
he wants to raise your taxes
the notion that...
main street

Posted by: freddy | October 15, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

1) McCain on "my friends" - I say zero. I imagine he's been retrained...he may have some new gap-filler...something like "folks" "men and women of America" "brothers and sisters". He'll say "Bob" a LOT. Count those!

2) Yes...but not by the moderator. McCain will drop these into the conversation and Obama will answer every time he does.

3) Yes...both candidates will wander. It's free air time. They aren't there to make Bob Shieffer happy.

Posted by: mamadelapaz | October 15, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Maybe another possible question will be,

Will Obama provide a valid birth certificate before the election?

The one on his website is replicated.

Posted by: BB | October 15, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

ACORN 6

Bill Ayers 7

Tony Rezko 1

Tony Romo (double shot)

Bailout 7

Bubble 0

Derivatives 0

Brooksley Born (double shot)

My Friend(s) 4

North Korea 3

Lincoln-Douglas

Great Depression 1

Alan Greenspan

Paul Krugman (double shot)

Lehman Brothers

Golden Parachute 3

401K 4

Middle Class (triple shot if McCain says it) 6


Here are three bonus prediction questions, each worth 10 points:

1) How many times will McCain say "my friends"? (Can he possibly top last week's count of 22 times?) 4

2) Will Obama be pressed on his relationship with ACORN, Bill Ayers or anyone else from his past (including the big enchilada: Rev. Jeremiah Wright)? yes

3) Will moderator Bob Schieffer reprimand either candidate for not answering his questions? yes

Posted by: Barb | October 15, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I am going to start praying that all the liberal press lose membership and go out of business; we don't need you any more as we have the internet and can be selective.

Your comment "Hello, Mr. 14 points..." is juvenile, sarcastic and awful journalism. Where is your professionism? You sound like a 4 year old bully in the school yard. Why did your parents not teach you manners and social grace?

Posted by: My, you're awful | October 15, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

srsly, we don't need encouragement from the washington post to help us drink ourselves to death. Binge drinking is a major problem in our nation, especially on our college campuses. The Amethyst Initiative has been looking for a discussion to help reduce this extremely unhealthy behavior. While the drinking age question is open to debate, I'm pretty sure everyone can agree that winking at the problem does not help.

Posted by: sean | October 15, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

1) 19
2) No
3) Yes

What do I win if I am right? I would like a free t-shirt from your website. Thanks.

Posted by: Maverick90210 | October 15, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Actually McCain will suspend his campaign, rush to the nearest phone booth (Won't be easy!), change into his superhero tights(Big "M" on the front for, what else, Maverick, and "P.O.W." on the back), and then rush to Cheney's bedside to perform open heart sugery. (He'd rather lose an election than a mentor.)

Posted by: Charles | October 15, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Dear stupid Americans,

Since you enjoyed completely incompitent leadership for the past 8 years, I promise to bring you more of the same! As you have shown a penchant for idiots in government, I bring you Sarah "Caribou Barbie" Palin.

BOHICA, America, BOHICA!

love,
John McCain

Posted by: xstevex1 | October 15, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I agree "mainstreet" should be on the list. I hate hearing that word at this point.

Posted by: peterg | October 15, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

OMG people lighten up, I think this whole election is getting to people. Have some fun in your life. Jeez. Thank you Mary for this. I know me and my friends will enjoy it. I'm going to have to take the "my friends" quote out of the game, or I'll probably pass out before the end of the debate!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 15, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

In Some- a-Obama/Binladin ticket remarks, they seem to attack Mcklain/Pale Lynn on race issues. why then are 97% of blackes voting for them. Are thet not looking at the issues? or are they voting because of this race?

Posted by: anonyomouious | October 15, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

"NO VOTER SUPPRESSION, NOT NOW NOT EVER!
WATCH OUT FOR THE FACIST REPUB'S!


STAND BESIDE ACORN AMERICA!"

HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Because voting 72 times SHOULD be legal, right?

Your a dumbass, ACORN is a "non-partisan" group that had endorsed Obama...

You do understand what a double-negative is right?

Posted by: Anon | October 15, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Charles Keating

Posted by: missedone | October 15, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

What about the magic "Change" word. I am sure we will hear that 50 times. Probally no direct answeres on what will change, but promises will be made.

Posted by: Iowa | October 15, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

What about:

Jobs
Greed
Corruption
Victory (McCain only)
Judgement (Obama)

Posted by: Dan | October 15, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

@My, you're awful: It's also a fact.

@sean: Calm down.

Posted by: someone | October 15, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

wow, this article actually ENCOURAGES the stupidity that many people uofortunately use to vote.

Posted by: adam | October 15, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA-BIDEN TICKET LOOKS A LOT LIKE
OSAMA BIN LADEN

Posted by: CRAZY | October 15, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

You forgot "Don't mess with Texas". Oh, wait...that was 2004. Nevermind

Posted by: W | October 15, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

#1: 24
#2: Yes
#3: Yes

Posted by: EDY | October 15, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

McCain will say "Chicago" (shorthand for Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers, Rev. Wright, the planetarium's projector, the Daley machine, Al Capone, the Cubs, all other crimes against humanity) at least 15 times.

Posted by: Jack | October 15, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Of course nobody will bring up "Rev" Jeremiah Wright — that'd be *racist*; and it's obviously a canard to posit the topic as possible, in fact it's precisely *why* the McCain campaign has had to focus on Ayers, though Wright is a far more telling figure in Obama's social orbit.

White people can't defend themselves even when they're wantonly defamed. Feel "free" still, white man?

Posted by: ML | October 15, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

.
"Your comment "Hello, Mr. 14 points..." is juvenile, sarcastic and awful journalism."

Gallup says 7 or 3 if weighted by likely voters. But then the Washington Post has more intelligent pollers, right?


.

Posted by: Billw3 | October 15, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | October 15, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

1) 18
2) Mentioned, but not pressed
3) yes

Posted by: RT | October 15, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Dear Anonymous,

Well done with your site; only a true maverick could do something like this:

http://www.palinaspresident.com/

(be sure to click on various parts)

Posted by: alan | October 15, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

What about:

Pakistan
"You don't undestand"
Third term of George Bush

Posted by: RK | October 15, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

ACORN

Tony Romo (double shot)

Bailout

Bubble

Derivatives

My Friend(s)

North Korea

Lincoln-Douglas

Alan Greenspan

Paul Krugman (double shot)

Golden Parachute

401K

Middle Class (triple shot if McCain says it)


Here are three bonus prediction questions, each worth 10 points:

1) 14

2) No-- its too risky to open that conversation with Palin's pentacostal Last Generation ties

3) Yes, because that is how he keeps it interesting and charged

Posted by: Anonymous | October 15, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Writing Frontier predicts not a snooze fest, not a slug fest, but rather a "That's not debatable" fest. See

http://writingfrontier.com/2008/10/04/thats-not-debatable/

Posted by: Writing Frontier | October 15, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

seems slightly irresponsible to publish this, yet reading it is a quick & snappy diversion. Does anyone actually play these games?

Posted by: hmm... | October 15, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

1. 15
2. Yes, but not Rev Wright
3. Yes, but they will answer the questions the way they want to anyway!

Posted by: seakayaker | October 15, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Dear Anonymous,

I would have to agree with Alan in his post above. The site is Outstanding.

http://www.palinaspresident.com/

Using the mouse and clicking the items and listening to the various responses is fun. I especially enjoy the opening and closing the door!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 15, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

At least 1,000 points if McGeezer, in the heat of the moment, uses that four letter word that starts with the letter "C" when referring to Sarah Palin, who deserves the use of that word as much as anyone ever could.

After all, if he could use that word when speaking about his own wife, well, I'm just sayin.......

jerry w
www.boskolives.wordpress.com

Posted by: Jerry w | October 15, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

ACORN 2

Bill Ayers 4

Tony Rezko 4

Tony Romo (double shot) 1

Bailout 5

Bubble 4

Derivatives 3

Brooksley Born (double shot) 1

My Friend(s) 12

North Korea 3

Lincoln-Douglas 0

Great Depression 4

Alan Greenspan 2

Paul Krugman (double shot) 1

Lehman Brothers 4

Golden Parachute 2

401K 4

Middle Class (triple shot if McCain says it) 6


Here are three bonus prediction questions, each worth 10 points:

1) How many times will McCain say "my friends"? (Can he possibly top last week's count of 22 times?) 12

2) Will Obama be pressed on his relationship with ACORN, Bill Ayers or anyone else from his past (including the big enchilada: Rev. Jeremiah Wright)? Yes

3) Will moderator Bob Schieffer reprimand either candidate for not answering his questions? Yes

Posted by: JohnE | October 15, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

ACORN 5
Bill Ayers 0
Tony Rezko 3 (DON’T KNOW WHO THAT IS)
Tony Romo (double shot) 0
Bailout 4
Bubble 0
Derivatives 0
Brooksley Born (double shot) 0
My Friend(s) 15
North Korea 2
Lincoln-Douglas 0
Great Depression 0
Alan Greenspan 2
Paul Krugman (double shot) 0
Lehman Brothers 0
Golden Parachute 6
401K 10
Middle Class (triple shot if McCain says it) 5

Here are three bonus prediction questions, each worth 10 points:
1) How many times will McCain say "my friends"? (Can he possibly top last week's count of 22 times?) 18
2) Will Obama be pressed on his relationship with ACORN, Bill Ayers or anyone else from his past (including the big enchilada: Rev. Jeremiah Wright)? Yes or No. YES (?)
3) Will moderator Bob Schieffer reprimand either candidate for not answering his questions? Yes or No. YES

Posted by: Susan Southerland | October 15, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Vote for America

Into The Future and Back to The Age of The
Pioneers.

Posted by: dePaul Consiglio NYMetroCityState US | October 15, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

1. 16
2. yes
3. yes

Posted by: Judy Morrow | October 15, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

all of you must not nee money or go to church!!!!!

Posted by: nonnya | October 15, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

my name is nunnya not nonnya and i ment need not nee

Posted by: nunnya | October 15, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

You shld have asked how many times McCain does that lippy lizard thing...

Posted by: Barb | October 16, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA BIDEN 08...!!!@@@

Posted by: PAYS ---BAS | October 18, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

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