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Did someone say something stupid? I'll drink to that

Let's get ready to rumble -- again! Wednesday brings us the second "Trump Unchained" reality show. Oops, I mean the GOP presidential primary debate. The first drew record numbers, but how many of you will tune in?

Decent-paying jobs, crumbling infrastructure and other issues that apply to you and me are likely to get less attention than say, the virtues of a county clerk who refused to grant a license for a same-sex marriage. Still, since it's possible one of these candidates might be our next president, you want to do your civic duty and watch, right? But how to get through it? My friends and I have chosen to endure the two-hour main event by making it a drinking game. Care to join us?

When Donald Trump calls anyone
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When Donald Trump calls anyone "stupid" or a "loser," take a drink.

When former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (Jeb!) calls himself "Veto Corleone" for the 97th time, take a drink.

When you start to think Ben Carson sounds like a reasonable guy, then he compares Obamacare to slavery, drink.

When former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says expecting Kentucky clerk Kim Davis to obey the law in the same-sex marriage case is "an attack on Christianity," drink.

When Trump explains that he wasn't talking about Carly Fiorina's looks when he said, "Look at that face -- would anyone vote for that?," drink.

When Fiorina replies, "Look at the ego on that misogynist -- would anyone vote for that?," drink.

When a candidate compares himself to Ronald Reagan,
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When a candidate compares himself to Ronald Reagan, drink.

When moderator Jake Tapper asks Jeb(!) why he stopped using his last name and how he feels about his mother saying, "We've had enough Bushes" in the White House, drink.

When Ohio Gov. John Kasich defends expanding Medicaid under Obamacare to provide health care for poor families in his state, and the audience jeers, drink.

When Tapper asks a question that a candidate wants to avoid, and the candidate growls, "See? That's why everyone hates the media," drink.

Sure, the debate might remind you of the
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Sure, the debate might remind you of the slim number of admirable candidates running for president in 2016. But hopefully by the end of the evening, you'll be too drunk to care.

Playwright Mike Vogel blogs at


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