January 13, 2008

The candidates... in a word.

Tranquility Base is asking you — quick — to give your first word association for each of the presidential candidates:
John McCain

Barack Obama

Mike Huckabee

Hillary Clinton

Fred Thompson

John Edwards

Mitt Romney

Rudy Guliani

Ron Paul

The order of the names might affect your thinking, but I've preserved the order used over there — where there are some pretty funny results already.

IN THE COMMENTS: Ricardo makes them rhyme:
So does Michael Farris, who insists he didn't get the idea from Ricardo:
John McCain - mean

Barack Obama - sheen

Mike Huckabee - green

Hillary Clinton - queen

Fred Thompson - umpteen

John Edwards - preen

Mitt Romney - machine

Rudy Guliani - obscene

Ron Paul - lean
And Trooper York is off on a meme of his own:
John McCain Mr. Wilson

Barack Obama Urkel

Mike Huckabee Junior Sample[s]

Hillary Clinton Alice Kramden

Fred Thompson Fred Flintstone

John Edwards Chrissy Snow

Mitt Romney Ted Baxter

Rudy Guliani Chachi

Ron Paul Mr. Furley


Cedarford said...

John McCain - Treachery

Barack Obama - Nice

Mike Huckabee - Huckleberry

Hillary Clinton - Prepared

Fred Thompson - Groundsloth

John Edwards - Oily

Mitt Romney - Fixer

Rudy Guliani - Mussolini

Ron Paul - Nuts

rhhardin said...

Keating five.

Good for all of them.

Jennifer said...

Bad link, I think.

George said...

McCain -- Sidewinder

Obama -- Joint

Huckabee-- Tub (as in tub-thumper)

Clinton -- Rorschach

Thompson -- Presidential

Edwards -- Shiv

Romney -- Rouge

Guliani -- Skull

Paul -- Morphine

Bob said...

McCain - Geriatric
Obama - Urbane
Huck - Evangelical
Hillary - Diabolical
Fred - Whimsical
Edwards - Hypocrite
Romney - Corporate
Rudy - Hysterical
Paul - Mental

Ron said...

John McCain -- geezer

Barack Obama -- hype

Mike Huckabee -- rube

Hillary Clinton -- boring

Fred Thompson -- hounddog

John Edwards -- mistrust

Mitt Romney -- sap

Rudy Guliani -- deli

Ron Paul -- nutbar

Ann Althouse said...

Sorry about the bad link. Fixed.

Middle Class Guy said...

John McCain= Old, crabby, tired

Barack Obama= Some ditty from the Sixties

Mike Huckabee= Walter E. Bass

Hillary Clinton= Chameleon

Fred Thompson= Homer Simpson

John Edwards= Robert Wagner

Mitt Romney= Jimmy Stewart

Rudy Guliani= Mr. Magoo

Ron Paul= Alfred E. Neumann

chuck b. said...

John McCain - white

Barack Obama - black

Mike Huckabee - arkansas

Hillary Clinton - fake

Fred Thompson - actor

John Edwards - fake

Mitt Romney - fake

Rudy Guliani - newyork

Ron Paul - crazy

i think the link is bad too.

Mortimer Brezny said...

John McCain: Smirky

Barack Obama: Promise

Mike Huckabee: Vaudeville

Hillary Clinton: Needy

Fred Thompson: Gandalf

John Edwards: Swashbuckler

Mitt Romney: Wax

Rudy Guliani: Linguine

Ron Paul: Rumpelstiltskin

Ben (The Tiger) said...

John McCain: Integrity

Barack Obama: Overrated

Mike Huckabee: Nice

Hillary Clinton: Determined

Fred Thompson: Bullheaded

John Edwards: Empty

Mitt Romney: Empty

Rudy Guliani: One-dimensional

Ron Paul: Misguided

The Drill SGT said...

John McCain - warrior
Barack Obama - inexperienced
Mike Huckabee - preachee
Hillary Clinton - tough
Fred Thompson - slow
John Edwards - slimy
Mitt Romney - fake
Rudy Guliani - baggage
Ron Paul - spacey

Susan said...

John McCain - POW

Barack Obama - energy

Mike Huckabee - rube

Hillary Clinton - steel

Fred Thompson - daddy

John Edwards - hair

Mitt Romney - plastic

Rudy Guliani - 911

Ron Paul - nuts

Ricardo said...


rcocean said...

John McCain - old

Barack Obama - black

Mike Huckabee - slick

Hillary Clinton - steely

Fred Thompson - ET

John Edwards - Phony

Mitt Romney - Executive

Rudy Guliani - Bald

Ron Paul - Loony

Nichevo said...

Would Rudy Giuliani do better if his name were spelled right? Or if it were something easier or less clearly ethnic, like maybe Lanza or Smith?

John McCain - Vietnam

Barack Obama - Hussein

Mike Huckabee - Sneak

Hillary Clinton - Ugh

Fred Thompson - Brick

John Edwards - Ambulance

Mitt Romney - Olympics?

Rudy Giuliani - Boss

Ron Paul - Mengele

Paco Wové said...

John McCain - pink
Barack Obama - happy
Mike Huckabee - awshucks
Hillary Clinton - tension
Fred Thompson - sagging
John Edwards - shyster
Mitt Romney - teeth
Rudy Giuliani - dome
Ron Paul - vacant

hdhouse said...

John McCain - swollen

Barack Obama - patrician

Mike Huckabee - holyroller

Hillary Clinton - shrill

Fred Thompson - munster

John Edwards - lawyer

Mitt Romney - fox

Rudy Guliani - mean

Ron Paul - wierd

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Ricardo: Brilliant!

McCain: Twitchy
Obama: Smooth
Huckabee: Televangelical
Clinton: Imperious
Thompson: Gravitas-laden
Edwards: Nancy-boy
Romney: Insubstantial
Guiliani: Goombah
Paul: Tetched

Trooper York said...

John McCain Mr. Wilson

Barack Obama Urkel

Mike Huckabee Junior Sample

Hillary Clinton Alice Kramden

Fred Thompson Fred Flintstone

John Edwards Chrissy Snow

Mitt Romney Ted Baxter

Rudy Guliani Chachi

Ron Paul Mr. Furley

michael farris said...

John McCain - mean

Barack Obama - sheen

Mike Huckabee - green

Hillary Clinton - queen

Fred Thompson - umpteen

John Edwards - preen

Mitt Romney - machine

Rudy Guliani - obscene

Ron Paul - lean

(I had the idea before seeing Riccardo's post)

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Trooper: LOLing!
Michael Farris: Brilliant!

Harry said...

John McCain strong

Barack Obama new

Mike Huckabee nice

Hillary Clinton smart

Fred Thompson old

John Edwards young

Mitt Romney slick

Rudy Guliani mean

Ron Paul funny

glusnffr99 said...

John McCain - Feingold

Barack Obama - hope

Mike Huckabee - Huckster

Hillary Clinton - woman

Fred Thompson - federalism

John Edwards - populism

Mitt Romney - robot

Rudy Guliani - 9/11

Ron Paul - nut

Meade said...

John McCain young-enough?

Barack Obama black-enough?

Mike Huckabee real-enough?

Hillary Clinton likable-enough?

Fred Thompson fired-up-enough?

John Edwards old-enough?

Mitt Romney Protestant-enough?

Rudy Guliani conservative-enough?

Ron Paul sane-enough?

rcocean said...

Nice Post Trooper, but weren't we limited to ONE word?

I guess genius must play by its own rules.

Revenant said...

John McCain: ick
Barack Obama: meh
Mike Huckabee: blech
Hillary Clinton: grr!
Fred Thompson: hmm...
John Edwards: ew
Mitt Romney: eh
Rudy Giuliani: yay
Ron Paul: blarg

Trooper York said...

RC, I thought it was first word, not one word. Plus this is politics. Rules, we don't need no stinking rules! We are Banditos!

John Salmon said...

John McCain-John J. Macreedy, the hero of "Bad Day at Black Rock", as played by MCain lookalike Spencer Tracy.

Barack Obama-Father Chuck O'Malley- Bing Crosby in "Bells of St. Mary's"-it's the ears, not to mention they both sermonize.

Mike Huckabee-Elmer Gantry in the movie of the same name.

Hillary Clinton-"Sweet" Sue, as played by Joan Shawlee in "Some Like it Hot." Sweet Sue wasn't.

Fred Thompson-Wily Sen. Raymond Clark, as played by Edmond O'Brien in "Seven Days in May."

John Edwards-Pretty girl Tiffany, as played by Shelly Hack in "Charlie's Angels."

Mitt Romney-Pretty boy Conrad Birdie, as played by Jesse Person in "Bye Bye Birdie".

Rudy Giuliani-Sal Tessio as played by Abe Vigoda in "The Godfather", now that Rudy's lost most of his hair.

Ron Paul-Any of the aliens from Mystery Science Theater 3000.

TMink said...

John McCain - old

Barack Obama - plastic

Mike Huckabee - liberal

Hillary Clinton - mean

Fred Thompson - President

John Edwards - Gomer

Mitt Romney - rich

Rudy Guliani - old

Ron Paul - nut

Trey - redneck

Michael E. Lopez said...

Done in 11 seconds:

John McCain - Hard

Barack Obama - False

Mike Huckabee - Cheap

Hillary Clinton - Strong

Fred Thompson - Powerful

John Edwards - Reptile

Mitt Romney - Slick

Rudy Guliani - Corrupt

Ron Paul - Crazy

Trooper York said...

John McCain To Old to Rock and Roll, To Young to Die.

Barack Obama Say it loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud.

Mike Huckabee Jesus grab the Wheel.

Hillary Clinton The Tears of a Clown

Fred Thompson Tied of Waiting for You.

John Edwards I Feel Pretty.

Mitt Romney Penguin In Bondage

Rudy Giuliani Big Boss Man

Ron Paul Ground Control to Major Tom (Space Oddity)

rcocean said...
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rcocean said...

'd cast them as:

John McCain -Captain Queeg in "the Caine Mutiny"

Barack Obama - Sidney Potier in "To Sir with Love"

Mike Huckabee - Andy Griffith in "Face in the Crowd".

Hillary Clinton - Nurse Rachet in "One flew over the Cuckoo's nest".

Fred Thompson - As the Sheriff in "Walking Tall"

John Edwards - As Robert Redford in the "Candidate"

Mitt Romney - As Henry Fonda in "The Best Man".

Rudy Guliani - As Donny Brasco in "Donny Brasco".

Ron Paul - As John Brown in "Santa Fe Trail".

John Stodder said...

John McCain -- Spike

Barack Obama -- Charlie Brown

Mike Huckabee -- Linus

Hillary Clinton -- Lucy

Fred Thompson -- Snoopy

John Edwards -- Frieda

Mitt Romney -- Sally Brown

Rudy Guliani -- Peppermint Patty

Ron Paul -- Woodstock

Trooper York said...

Best Supporting Actors

John McCain Joe Flynn in Mchales Navy
Barack Obama Huggy Bear in Starsky and Hutch
Mike Huckabee Hank Worden in the Searchers
Hillary Clinton Edie Falco in the Sopranos
Fred Thompson Terry Kiser in Weekend at Bernies
John Edwards Jaye Davidson in the Crying Game
Mitt Romney Matt Ross in Big Love
Rudy Giuliani John Cazale in Godfather II
Ron Paul Henry B. Wathall in Birth of a Nation

amba said...

I've already done this with some of them:

John McCain - wily (he also reminds me of Brando's aging Godfather)
Rudy Giuliani - worldly
John Edwards - plausive

Let's try the others:

Barack Obama -- green (specifically like the green branch of a tree -- smooth and firm and undried and featureless)

Hillary Clinton -- steely
Fred Thompson -- sleepy
Mitt Romney -- Brylcreem
Ron Paul -- vinegar

amba said...

oops, forgot:

Huckabee - carny

amba said...

John Salmon: the McCain look-alike is not Spencer Tracy. It's the older Charlie Chaplin. Eerie.

Meade said...

The Chinese Astrology Guide to the Candidates:

John McCain Fire Rat

Barack Obama Metal Ox

Mike Huckabee Wood Sheep

Hillary Clinton Fire Pig

Fred Thompson Water Horse

John Edwards Water Snake

Mitt Romney Fire Pig

Rudy Guliani Wood Monkey

Ron Paul Wood Pig

Meade said...

Obviously, the best choice for our nation would be someone born in the Year of the Horse. Second best would be someone born in the Year of the Dog, however, no such candidate is presently in race (although the current President is, fortunately, a Dog Person).

Rat (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Water): Forthright, disciplined, systematic, meticulous, charismatic, hardworking, industrious, charming, eloquent, sociable, shrewd. Can be manipulative, cruel, dictatorial, rigid, selfish, obstinate, critical, over-ambitious, ruthless, intolerant, scheming.

Ox (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Water): Dependable, calm, methodical, patient, hardworking, ambitious, conventional, steady, modest, logical, resolute, tenacious. Can be stubborn, narrow-minded, materialistic, rigid, demanding.

Tiger (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Wood): Unpredictable, rebellious, colorful, powerful, passionate, daring, impulsive, vigorous, stimulating, sincere, affectionate, humanitarian, generous. Can be restless, reckless, impatient, quick-tempered, obstinate, selfish.

Rabbit (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Wood): Gracious, kind, sensitive, soft-spoken, amiable, elegant, reserved, cautious, artistic, thorough, tender, self-assured, astute, compassionate, flexible. Can be moody, detached, superficial, self-indulgent, opportunistic, lazy.

Dragon (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Wood): Magnanimous, vigorous, strong, self-assured, proud, direct, eager, zealous, fiery, passionate, decisive, pioneering, ambitious, generous, loyal. Can be arrogant, tyrannical, demanding, eccentric, dogmatic, over-bearing, impetuous, brash.

Snake (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Fire): Deep thinker, wise, mystic, graceful, soft-spoken, sensual, creative, prudent, shrewd, ambitious, elegant, cautious, responsible, calm, strong, constant, purposeful. Can be loner, bad communicator, possessive, hedonistic, self-doubting, distrustful, mendacious.

Horse (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Fire): Cheerful, popular, quick-witted, changeable, earthy, perceptive, talkative, agile mentally and physically, magnetic, intelligent, astute, flexible, open-minded. Can be fickle, anxious, rude, gullible, stubborn, lack stability and perseverance.

Sheep (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Fire): Righteous, sincere, sympathetic, mild-mannered, shy, artistic, creative, gentle, compassionate, understanding, mothering, determined, peaceful, generous, seeks security. Can be moody, indecisive, over-passive, worrier, pessimistic, over-sensitive, complainer.

Monkey (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Metal): Inventor, motivator, improviser, quick-witted, inquisitive, flexible, innovative, problem solver, self-assured, sociable, polite, dignified, competitive, objective, factual, intellectual. Can be egotistical, vain, selfish, cunning, jealous, suspicious.

Rooster (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Metal): Acute, neat, meticulous, organized, self-assured, decisive, conservative, critical, perfectionist, alert, zealous, practical, scientific, responsible. Can be over zealous and critical, puritanical, egotistical, abrasive, opinionated.

Dog (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Metal): Honest, intelligent, straightforward, loyal, sense of justice and fair play, attractive, amiable, unpretentious, sociable, open-minded, idealistic, moralistic, practical, affectionate, dogged. Can be cynical, lazy, cold, judgmental, pessimistic, worrier, stubborn, quarrelsome.

Boar (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Water): Honest, simple, gallant, sturdy, sociable, peace-loving, patient, loyal, hard-working, trusting, sincere, calm, understanding, thoughtful, scrupulous, passionate, intelligent. Can be naive, over-reliant, self-indulgent, gullible, fatalistic, materialistic.

Meade said...

Richard Nixon was a Water Rat

LBJ was an Earth Monkey

Jimmy Carter was a Wood Rat

Ronald Reagan (Ronald Reagan Ronald Reagan Ronald Reagan...) was a Metal Pig

And our greatest modern day President, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (TR), was, like Fred Thompson (FT), born in...

the Year of the Horse.

Meade said...

Water Rat vs Water Horse

Meade said...

President Water Horse