Tuesday, June 06, 2006

New Game: Mark Sanford or 'Runaway Bride' Jennifer Wilbanks?

Okay, by now everyone should know how to play “Who Said It?

Gervais will furnish the quotes, and you decide who said it – governor Mark Sanford, who is too busy with "official duties" to debate GOP primary opponent Oscar Lovelace; or Jennifer Wilbanks, the would-be Georgia bride who gained notoriety last year by staging her disappearance on the eve of her nuptials.

Remember to keep your score! As always, Professor Gervais will assign grades. Let’s play!

Who said it – Mark Sanford or “Runaway Bride” Jennifer Wilbanks?

1. "We'll play it by ear."

2. "We’ll see... We’re open to the possibility come June."

3. "Honestly, I wish I could give you and everybody else that answer. Because I know that they want to hear that. And they deserve to hear that. But I honestly, I don't know."

4. "I’m not saying you never say never, but I’m saying I gotta do everything that I gotta do within the context of the other things that I’m trying to do."

5. "But obviously, I was stressed, because I am a perfectionist."

6. "I've only got so many hours in the day."

7. "I was running away. Because that's what I've always done. That's what's comfortable to me."

8. "I said I would get to a debate if I could; that is not the case."

9. "I know everybody wants this great answer to that but it wasn't one certain thing. Or I-- there was one moment when I said I cannot do this. I don't want to do this anymore."

10. "I’m stretched as it is…People clearly know where I stand on the issues."


1. Jennifer Wilbanks (6/21/05, Katie Couric)
2. Mark Sanford (3/7, AP)
3. Jennifer Wilbanks
4. Mark Sanford (6/3, Herald-Journal)
5. Jennifer Wilbanks
6. Mark Sanford (6/5, Greenville News)
7. Jennifer Wilbanks
8. Mark Sanford (6/5, Greenville News)
9. Jennifer Wilbanks
10. Mark Sanford (6/2, Beaufort Gazette)

How did you do?

8-10 correct: Good job! You’re an expert at distinguishing the quotes of Jennifer Wilbanks, who is known for her cold feet, from Mark Sanford, who is simply very busy.

5-7 correct: Well done. You have a knack for discerning the words of a fearful bride who will avoid facing her suitor at all costs from the words of a candidate who isn’t scared to debate, but is simply really, really busy.

2-4 correct: Here’s the deal. Read the quote, and if it sounds like somebody running scared, that’s the Wilbanks chick. If it sounds like someone who isn’t trying to get out of anything, but is extremely busy doing governor stuff, that’s Sanford.

0-1 correct: Sad. Five of the quotes are clearly from someone who is prone to apprehensive back-pedaling when faced with an unpleasant situation, while the other five are from someone who enjoys debate, but just can’t find the time to discuss the issues.


STR said...

Good quiz, I failed miserably, scored a 3!

If you get time later, check out our "stump the schwab" http://sportstalkrocks.blogspot.com/2006/05/could-you-stump-schwab.html

Anonymous said...

I missed only three! But have to admit, my guesses were gender based: would a dim girl say this or a dim guy?

I love you Gervais. Keep it going.


Mike Reino said...

I aced it, and honestly, that frightens me!

Anonymous said...

I really don't care about the Governor refusing to debate Mr. Lovelace but what kills me are the misleading statements as to why he will not debate. Why can't Sanford just say; I am the incumbant, I have a big lead in the polls and I don't want to risk my political future by having an open discussion with a candidate who was qualified enough for me to appoint him to a state board but who is not good enough to run for governor. Sanford, despite his rhetoric, is a very very typical politician.

Anonymous said...

I think it would be nice if the candidates gave the people the opportunity to hear them discuss their ideas in order to see if they actually stand up to some reasoned criticism. It seems to me that refusing to allow the people the opportunity to fully evaluate the candidates discourages people from making informed decisions with regard to their leadership, thus subverting the democratic process.

Anonymous said...

I was leaning toward voting for Sanford in the primary, but now I will vote for Lovelace as a protest vote. Sanford can't get along with his fellow Republicans and won't debate his opponent. IT is a sign of pure arrogance. The Hell with him, I will vote for Lovelace and hope the protest wakes Sanford up before we have to deal with Governor Moore next year.