January272012

Peak Crazy: The Quiz

Have we passed high tide for Peak Crazy? Was it the last Republican debate in which all nine nattering nihilists appeared together? One might argue that American politics has never seen a greater set of goats and monkeys. Well if that was Peak Crazy, we ought not to let it pass without putting down a milestone marker. Thus my quiz below.

Instructions: Nine questions for nine candidates. Everyone has their moment. The questions are drawn from nine Wikipedia entries.


1)   At the age of 19 (and after living in Orléans, France) he married his High School geometry teacher who was 26.

 Gary Johnson

 Newt Gingrich

 Ron Paul


2)

Boy, it sure burns me to have a national holiday for that pro-communist philanderer, Martin Luther King. I voted against this outrage time and time again as a Congressman. What an infamy that Ronald Reagan approved it! We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day.

 Michelle Bachmann

 Newt Gingrich

 Ron Paul


3)  Describes contraception as “a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.” At the age of 48, his wife gave birth to her eighth child who was diagnosed with a serious genetic disorder.

 Rick Santorum

 Rick Perry

 Jon Huntsman


4)   Dropped out before graduating from High School to be a keyboard player in a rock band. Today he proposes reducing the corporate tax rate from 35% to 25% and eliminating taxes on all capital gains and dividends.

 Jon Huntsman

 Herman Cain

 Mitt Romney


5)  Under his leadership an organization lobbied against increases to the minimum wage, mandatory health care benefits, smoking regulations, and lowering the blood-alcohol limit for driving.

 Rick Perry

 Gary Johnson

 Herman Cain


6)   Involved in a near fatal paragliding accident when his wing got caught in a tree. He suffered multiple bone fractures, and used marijuana for pain control from 2005 to 2008.

 Jon Huntsman

 Rick Perry

 Gary Johnson


7)  Responded to criticisms of ideological pandering with the explanation that “The older I get, the smarter Ronald Reagan gets.”

 Rick Santorum

 Mitt Romney

 Herman Cain


8)  Said this regarding Social Security and Medicare:

…what you have to do, is keep faith with the people that are already in the system, that don’t have any other options, we have to keep faith with them. But basically what we have to do is wean everybody else off.

 Herman Cain

 Michelle Bachmann

 Newt Gingrich


9)  Vetoed a ban on the execution of mentally retarded inmates.

 Mitt Romney

 Rick Perry

 Jon Huntsman


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