Collins, solo

In “Our New Year Quiz” Ms. Collins is here to test how well we blocked out parts of the last political year.  Here she is:

Happy New Year! We’re going to have an exciting 2016 — including, of course, the finale of a presidential race that seems to have been underway since Woodstock. So much to look back on, so little time. Take this quick quiz and see how much of political 2015 you haven’t already managed to repress:

1  In her final statement of the last 2015 debate, Hillary Clinton concluded …

  • “May the Force be with you.”

  • “We need to discuss the restroom issue.”

  • “Have I mentioned I’m a grandmother?”

2  The Democratic National Committee tried to ensure maximum TV ratings for that debate by …

  • Inviting Adele to ask the first question.

  • Running a “Star Wars Lotto” for listeners who turned in early.

  • Scheduling it for the Saturday night before Christmas.

3  Donald Trump said it was “a great honor” to be praised by Vladimir Putin. When the MSNBC host Joe Scarborough claimed Putin was a brutal thug, Trump said …

  • “On his birthday I saw thousands of Russians celebrating on the rooftops in New Jersey.”

  • “Our country does plenty of killing.”

  • “At least he didn’t announce the wrong winner at the Miss Universe pageant.”

3Donald Trump said it was “a great honor” to be praised by Vladimir Putin. When the MSNBC host Joe Scarborough claimed Putin was a brutal thug, Trump said …

  • “On his birthday I saw thousands of Russians celebrating on the rooftops in New Jersey.”

  • “Our country does plenty of killing.”

  • “At least he didn’t announce the wrong winner at the Miss Universe pageant.”

5  Jeb Bush told CBS that he’s happy with his current standing in the presidential race, but that he “really hated” it when …

  • He was in front.

  • He had to stand next to Donald Trump at two debates.

  • People made fun of him for saying Margaret Thatcher’s picture should be on the 10-dollar bill

6  Ben Carson recently …

  • Compared Social Security to slavery.

  • Acknowledged that the skill sets needed for running the country and for doing brain surgery are entirely different.

  • Released a map showing the states in the wrong positions during Geography Awareness Week.

7  During one debate, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida was asked about his apparent inability to balance his household budget despite having received an $800,000 advance on his memoir. Rubio defended himself by pointing out …

  • “I didn’t inherit any money.”

  • “I’m just not a numbers kind of fellow.”

  • “Eight hundred grand isn’t what it used to be.”

8  On the campaign trail, Ted Cruz enjoys quoting from …

  • “The Princess Bride.”

  • “So You Want to Be Canadian.”

  • “How to Be Your Own Best Friend.”

9  Bernie Sanders once had an animated computer game in which players could rack up points by helping the senator avoid …

  • Underwear jokes.

  • The Democratic National Committee firewall.

  • Fat cats in top hats.

10  In Texas, the much-discussed Jade Helm military exercise took place this summer. When it was finished …

  • The federal government had taken over the state, shredded the Constitution and confiscated everybody’s guns.

  • Life continued apace.

  • Representative Louie Gohmert, who had raised concerns that the Army might be “preparing for modern-day martial law,” apologized for being such a jerk.

11  In Michigan, two state representatives’ political careers ended when their adulterous affair became public. In an attempt to cover up the affair, the male lawmaker had …

  • Announced he and his ex were opening a summer camp for “recovering swingers.”

  • Tried to divert attention by starting a rumor that he had been caught having sex with a male prostitute.

  • Staged a 50-hour filibuster on behalf of naming the Bible the official state book.

12  A Constitution Day survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center revealed that …

  • Only half the respondents could name all three branches of the U.S. government.

  • More than 10 percent believed the Bill of Rights guarantees the right to own a pet.

  • One-third believed that Abraham Lincoln was one of the founding fathers.

13  Public Policy Polling reported that nearly a third of Republican primary voters responding to its survey said they would support the bombing of …

  • Agrabah, a fictional city in the Disney movie “Aladdin.”

  • Halifax.

  • “Any place that gives us attitude.”

The answer key follows:

1A, 2C, 3B, 4B, 5A, 6C, 7A, 8A, 9C, 10B, 11B, 12B, 13A

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