A Candidate Gives a Clear, Concise Answer to the Question Asked
Awkward Mitt MomentAt your party's discretion, but choose carefully, and drink responsibly. Small sips. This is the only time in this list that we'll say this, and there's a reason for it.
(He's very good at making things awkward...)
Obama Tries to Sound Cool
A Candidate Answers a Different Question Than Was Asked
A Seemingly Irrelevant Anecdote That Takes Up Valuable Time
A Candidate Thanks Someone Not in the Studio
This Moment Will Be a Meme TomorrowGet your Photoshop toolbars ready. If someone makes a wonderful face, repeats something over and over again, or makes a small part of television / Internet history during this debate, then take a drink.
(This is my favorite Romney meme so far. Let's hope for more.)
Either Candidate Cracks a Joke...(even better) or tries to and fails. This can be combined with Awkward Mitt Moment and Obama Tries to Sound Cool.
Bonus: If the audience actually Ls OL, then take another drink.
Inappropriate or Politically Incorrect Cutaway to Audience MemberA candidate says something vaguely related to a friend in the audience or a particular ethnic/interest group, then someone in the audience is singled out by the TV producer - who then tells his crew to close up on them before the candidate finishes his sentence.
Bonus: The same non-white audience-member is on screen more than once
A Candidate Mentions a Former President of the United States
A Candidate Shoehorns in a Buzzword (or Term)Any of the greatest hits: "Terrorism," "Obamacare," "Romneycare," "The Real America," "Bin Laden," "Better Off Four Years Ago"
Clarification: The shoehorned buzzword may not be relevant to the question asked.
Actually Inspiring Rhetoric
A Candidate Cites a Statistic That Sounds Made-Up
A Candidate Forgets Something
Romney Tries to Seem Human
A Candidate Mentions a Member of His Family
Either Candidate Blatantly Dodges a Question
Euphemism for a Controversial TopicYou know, so nobody thinks too much about icky things like abortion or gay rights.
Wardrobe Malfunction - Finish Your Drink
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