2007 December 29 Saturday
Steve Sailer: Jeopardy Game For Presidential Candidates

I hear Weird Al Yankovic singing "I lost on Jeopardy baby, woo ooo ooo."

For example, one cause of voter cynicism is the suspicion that the candidates are complete ignoramuses on every topic on which they haven't been preprogrammed by their handlers. So, instead of having them stand around and semi-argue with each other, why not have them play Jeopardy instead, with the categories weighted toward history and current affairs.

Sure, the frontrunners wouldn't be likely to agree to it, but why not let laggards like Duncan Hunter and Dennis Kucinich volunteer for a match. They don't even have to be in the same party. Come on, you'd watch that, right? And once a Hunter-Kucinich-Paul Jeopardy match got triple the ratings of the last debate, pressure would mount on the big boys and girls to pick up their buzzers and fight.

This is a great idea from Steve Sailer. Our current crop of Presidential contenders is pretty weak. To hear, say, Obama just go out and try to speak with really lofty rhetoric makes me disgusted. Sure, anyone can hire a speech writer. Yes, the published speeches of Churchill et. al. can be studied to look for ideas. And some of the candidates are pretty good performers (but no match for the Gipper). But what does this have to do with competency to carry out the duties of the US Presidency? Not much as near as I can tell. Good judgment and a highly excellent grasp of reality are more important.

Jeopardy is just a beginning. I have an idea for a reality TV show: Pair up Republicans and Democrats to survive in a wilderness setting. Let them choose each other. See who can best work in a bipartisan manner. Find out which pair can, say, figure out how to catch salmon without a fishing rod in a stream in Alaska. Or see which pair can build a raft to get off an island that is only a half mile from another island. Give them life preservers and homing beacons so none will drown. Plus, the camera crews will be on hand to fish them out.

I would also love to see them try to build a vehicle from parts. "We've given you each 3 times as many parts as needed to build a dune buggy and escape from the hell hole we've put you in. But some of the parts don't fit. You need some of the duplicates because some parts will fail part way through your trip. Have at it. First person to get into that distant old Western town on engine power wins."

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2007 December 29 05:37 PM  Politics American Presidency

Ned said at December 30, 2007 12:06 PM:

Seems like a good idea to me. How about a series of shows in which the candidates compete? We could start with Jeopardy!, and maybe move on to Wheel of Fortune (Hillary: Pat, I'd like to buy a vowel. Pat : Shut up, bitch! It's not your turn!), and then maybe Let's Make a Deal, The Gong Show and Family Feud, with the whole Clinton clan taking on all comers. Or how about Giuliani playing against his ex-wives, with Newt Gingrich as the MC. Does anybody remember Beat the Clock? Indeed, the possibilities seem endless! Much better than our current dysfunctional primary system, and probably cheaper and more entertaining as well. We could even syndicate it. When do we start?

Bob Badour said at December 30, 2007 2:12 PM:

Hey, they could play a game of Duel -- the Special Olympics version of a game show!

Rob said at December 30, 2007 3:06 PM:

Two words for Randall: Thunder Dome.

Randall Parker said at December 30, 2007 4:30 PM:


Thunder Dome is an excellent idea. We could have Mel Gibson as the MC.

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