Yvonne Abraham Channels Gail Collins

Saturday New York Times column from Gail Collins:

Name That Candidate

The end of an election season is always thick with regrets. Do you think Meg Whitman is contemplating all the other things she could have done with $141 million? Does the Republican candidate for the United States Senate in West Virginia kick himself for allowing his wife to establish a voting residence in Florida?

Among the other questions Collins posed:

II. Match the excuses:

A) “I’ll put it up on my Web site, I promise you.”

B) “I had read that in one place.”

C) “This is four years ago.”

D) “You know, I’m a mom. … My daughter’s in Europe.”

1) Sharron Angle, the U.S. Senate candidate in Nevada on her claim that Dearborn, Mich., and the nonexistent town of Frankford, Tex., are governed by Sharia law.

2) Alex Sink, a gubernatorial candidate in Florida, explaining why she looked at a debate tip, texted onstage via a makeup artist’s cellphone.

3) Ben Quayle, a Congressional candidate in Arizona, on charges by the owner of the Dirty Scottsdale Web site that Quayle once ran a section aimed at finding “the hottest chick in Scottsdale.”

4) Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell of Delaware on her failure to come up with a Supreme Court ruling she disagreed with.

(Answers: A-4; B-1; C-3; D-2.)

Cut to: Sunday Boston Globe column from Yvonne Abraham:

Political savvy tested

Hallelujah! This wacky-ugly political season is almost over. Even for Massachusetts, we saw a whole lotta crazy this year. But how closely were you paying attention? Test your political junkiness with this fun quiz!

Among the questions Abraham posed:

3. When asked to name his favorite beer, the governor of Massachusetts chose:

A. Sam Adams, brewed by The Boston Beer Company
B. Any of the delicious Harpoon beers, made in Boston and Windsor, Vt.
C. A toffy, obscure beer called Moretti from Udine, Italy
D. Bud, a beer drunk by real men who are People Like Us

Answer: C, and winner of the Senator John “Ducati’’ Kerry Award.

Don’t get me wrong: Abraham’s column was a lot of fun.

Just a lot of Collins as well.

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1 Response to Yvonne Abraham Channels Gail Collins

  1. Jeff says:

    The whole Globe photo gallery was fantastic. Cahill and Baker were clearly giving political answers (both love Boston beers–as does Stein; all the contenders want to meet Boston athletes; both prized the bikes they either paid for or used to make an honest living; and, of course, Baker’s favorite band’s include the Dropkick Murphys).

    While his beer selection is laughable, this is probably Patrick’s most blundering response:

    “My spouse hates when I…Fall asleep at the dinner table when I have guests.

    First, I don’t believe he actually falls asleep at the dinner table. Second, is that really the image you want to project to voters when you are trying to convince them you are strong enough to steer them through difficult times?

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