The Political Gabfest for March 4, 2010.

The Political Gabfest for March 4, 2010.

The Political Gabfest for March 4, 2010.

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
March 4 2010 6:29 PM

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For those who didn't attend the live Gabfest taping in New York City, you can still participate in the drinking game our audience played. The producers and listeners assembled a list of phrases or topics commonly mentioned by Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz in previous Gabfest episodes. All audience members received the list, which we've printed below, but the panelists didn't. As you'll hear, they fell into several of the verbal traps we laid for them. Feel free to drink along as John, Emily, and David discuss the 2010 elections, the chaos that is New York politics, and the Supreme Court's latest gun-rights case.

Live Gabfest Drinking Game

If you want to play, the rules are simple. Take a swig every time you hear something from the following list:

*David says "despicable."


*Emily makes a New Haven or Yale reference.

*John cites a poll.

*Anyone drops an F-bomb.

*Anyone mentions St. Albans or Sidwell Friends.


*Anyone refers to "optics."

*John uses the term "narrative."

*Emily mentions one of her sons, her grandmother, or Philadelphia.

*David mocks Emily for her knowledge of sports or her Prius.


*John refers to "risk."

*Emily names a Supreme Court justice.

*David says "deeply."

*John says, "I think that's right."


*David engages in log-rolling for Slate or one of his books.

*Emily and David agree on something.

*Anyone mentions Twitter, tweeting, or Facebook.

Posted on March 4, 2010, by Andy Bowers at 6:29 p.m.

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