Tonight the first Republican Presidential Debate of the 2012 Election season will take place between GOP contenders Herman Cain, Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum. The debate will be aired on the FOX News channel on TV. “Where can I watch the debate on the web,” you ask? Streamed at foxnews.com, of course, the source for all things Republican. The debate starts at 9 PM Eastern Time, and we are all prepared with pen and pencil to…
… take notes, yes, but have a good time, too. Whether you agree with these Republican contenders or not, you should be able to entertain yourself. Each of these five contenders is a bit of a long shot, making tonight’s debate a prime chance to grab some attention with an arresting turn of phrase or startling accusation. Elbow-jabbing efforts to grab attention also run a significant risk of embarrassment or inadvertent hilarity, making for fun all around.
To double the fun, why not turn the debate into a game? We’ve helped by drawing up Republican Debate game cards, which you can see below. One way you play with these cards is in a Bingo game: print out these five cards before the speech begins, meet up with friends, then watch the debate on TV or over the internet. Put a penny down on a square when a Republican contender uses the word or phrase written there. The first person to get five in a row wins. (And to get you started, each player gets to put a penny on the Elephant in the middle square if any Republican candidate at all shows up.)
Another way to use these cards is in a drinking game: get some alcoholic drinks together with your friends (or some juice if you’re a kid), and hand out those cards. Every time one of the Republican candidates makes a reference listed on your card, you’ve gotta take a drink. The last person to throw up, pass out, or have to take a whizz is the winner.
We’ve also included a blank bingo card for you to fill in if you like. Write down your own careworn or innovative GOP phrases you think candidates will deploy in the debate tonight, and see how good your guesses turn out to be.