Word Association at the Conventions

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What better way to explore the partisan brain than by running convention delegates through a fast-paced linguistic gauntlet? In both Tampa and Charlotte, the TIME video team compiled lists of buzzwords and set out in search of willing players. There were only two rules for our game of word association: answer as quickly as possible and stick to a single word. Of course people broke both those rules, but their answers were telling. Check out the videos below.

From the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte:

And from the Republican National Convention in Tampa:

25 comments
Andy
Andy

what Wayne

explained I'm stunned that a single mom can get paid $8063 in four weeks

on the computer. did you look at this website

http://www.LazyCash49.com

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Thanks, Katy. I hope you bought that green hat from the Republican woman. I can see the R's getting hung up on association with "solutions" - "tax cuts... ...tax cuts... ...tax cuts... ...less regulation... ..tax cuts... ..tax cuts... ...tax cuts...." We commentariat would've seen that coming miles away as PNNTO noted, but maybe if the R's watched themselves at your video they might get a clue that they need to think harder about how to fix the economy and put everyone back to work if they're to have any chance of winning. If all they have are tax cuts and less regulation, Romney is toast.

Curious_Quiche
Curious_Quiche

This is what is wrong with our politics today. "Please, we're going to say something about a policy plan and we want you to say what you think of it. SHUSH! ONE WORD PLEASE!""Did you hear what she said? Taxes, good!?!? GOOD!? Good and taxes? Taxes and good? Slay them! Slay them with fire and steel!"

"Studies show that the other guys are roaming the landscape, thirsty for your blood. How do you feel about that?" "........What?" "There you have it ladies and gentlemen, the opposition have no plans to stave off the inevitable reaping, what a shame."

All of our policy details and thoughts and philosophy cannot be rolled into a one word ball and flicked into the eye of the opposition. We're going to have to put the talking points down and have a real discussion about our problems. If someone can't do that, chances are they don't care about the problem in the first place.

georgiamd
georgiamd

Okay, I will give it a go:

Obama=False  rhetoric and more empty promises

Romney=A return to fiscal sanity 

Obama=Another dismal job report and 23 million unemployed Americans

Romney=12 million new jobs and a vastly improved economy

Obama=16 trillion debt that he adds to by 4 billion dollars PER DAY (with no end in sight)   enough is enough....time for a change!

Tero1
Tero1

georgiamd=moron

That is based on your comment, not just my opinion.

4politics2
4politics2

Every economist in the country has been predicting 12 million new jobs with or without Romney so his "promise" is meaningless. He adds no value to the proposition...unless your are a Cayman Islands bankster or tax-avoidance attorney.

georgiamd
georgiamd

 If Obama bankrupts the country, 4politics2, we may be adding twice that number to the unemployed register. We are teetering on the precipice, as it is.

Pnnto
Pnnto

Your links are as helpful, and accurate,  as your arguments 

"Page not found"

georgiamd
georgiamd

Tell you what, deconstuctivia. I will stop condescending when you stop with your petty insults ..."Thanks for flaunting your economic ignorance"....there are many of us who understand the ramifications of over printing money, something obviously lost on our current president. We are on the hook for 430k per taxpayer as it stands....just how much more of a burden would you have us carry?

Economics: America is bankrupt - The Economist - World News ...

Authoritative weekly newspaper focusing on international politics and business news and opinion.

www.economist.com/.../guest-co... - Cached

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Again, thanks for proving my point about you, I appreciate it. You do get "credit" for remembering Weimar Germany and of course if you just print money / add to supply to pay daily bills, yeah, you'll get hyperinflation. But doing so judiciously, like for QE, and the inflation threat is less. Oh BTW, overall inflation now is still low even with recent gas prices. The recent drought should affect food prices but that's still an unknown. Try not to be condescending also ("do you not understand...") since many of us here do understand issues more than you wish to admit.

georgiamd
georgiamd

 The air must be getting thin in LaLa land, deconstructiva, because if you think printing even more money will stave off bankruptcy, you are sadly mistaken. Do you not understand the word inflation?

One of the tenets that the President proposed during his campaign was to

bring about change, especially with issues concerning the budget. It

was taken that spending and useless programs would be cut, thus reducing

our debt. However, MORE  money is being spent. CBO current estimates

that each taxpayer in the USA debt burden, is approximately 430,000.

If

those foreign countries demand payment because they are afraid or

concerned about our ability to repay our loans, this will cause a run.

It will make the housing bubble look like nothing.

Our credit

card is maxed out. It's time to stop printing money. If the American

dollar is dropped as the world currency, the value of our dollar will

drop to something like 10 cents on the dollar.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Thanks for flaunting your economic ignorance. We can run a high debt ...and can pay it off in a recovery as Clinton did... but cannot go bankrupt. Think: what do we, Canada, Japan, and the Eurozone as a group do that states like California and individual Eurozone members do not?

Pnnto
Pnnto

Oh fun!

Rightist Swampland commenter--Everyone knows what they are going to say even before they do.

georgiamd
georgiamd

 And the left buries its head even deeper in the sand (no surprise)

Pnnto
Pnnto

How does that address how predictable you are?

I respect your willingness to pretend that you are enthusiastic about Willard though. 

MrObvious
MrObvious

One word, it's not that hard.

georgiamd
georgiamd

 One word simply fails to express my disdain for Obama's economic disaster, MrObvious, but if you insist, how about SPURIOUS.

MrObvious
MrObvious

One word simply fails to express my disdain for Obama's economic disaster, MrObvious, but if you insist, how about SPURIOUS.

I didn't make up the 'game' but thank you for at least trying.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

If we were playing "Pyramid":

Bain....Horses....Mustang....Offshore....

Things Momney Rides!

AfGuyReturns
AfGuyReturns

You have NO idea how much self-control I'm exhibiting NOT to mention something else Mittens might "ride"...

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Or the TWO choices Ann might ride, Rafalca being the first...

MrObvious
MrObvious

Interesting answers, but I think it would be more interesting if the questions were policy related - personality related question always gives predictable results.

You'd be surprised how much agreement you'd find in policy matters outside say tax cuts (one big disagreement). Ask someone on say small business or middle class (buzz words) or even banks and corporations.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Too bad Katy didn't meet disgruntled teavangelicals or Ronulans who would've been honest -

Katy: "Mitt Romney"

Teavangelical: "Not conservative ...oh, what's a single word for that?"

Ronulan: "Robot... ...corporations...."

MrObvious
MrObvious

They did have to think real hard when Ron Pauls name came up.