Was 2011 wacky or what? See what you remember, and no fair peeking at the answers.
1) Donald “The Donald” Trump, commander in chief of “Celebrity Apprentice,” said that if he ran against Barack Obama, “there’s a good chance I won’t win.” He said that he would be victimized by:
a) “A mystery president who was weaned on dirty tricks as a child in Kenya.”
b) “Bloodsucking politicians.”
c) “A stupid, stupid cabal of wimps who wouldn’t last a day in the casino business.”
d) “Bloodsuckers and their celebrity acolytes, like Robert DeNiro, who’s not the brightest bulb on the planet.”
2) An Obama flip-flop, true or false:
In 2010, he opposed anonymous campaign donations, but in 2011, he stayed mum while his Democratic allies took anonymous campaign donations.
3) Newt Gingrich told a Christian broadcasting network that his serial adulteries were:
a) “A lot more inexpensive than shopping at Tiffany’s.”
b) “A welcome break from worrying about the profound existential threat of Islamic fundamentalism.”
c) “An inexcusable opportunity to not think about the science of cyber warfare.”
d) “Partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country.”
4) An Obama flip-flop, true or false:
Even though his health care reform law requires Americans to buy health coverage, and even though his government lawyers are preparing to defend the concept before the U.S. Supreme Court, he actually opposed the concept during the 2008 campaign.
5) Someone stood at a lectern this year and said, “If you are looking for any deep explanation, I don’t have one.” Name the politician.
a) Rep. Christopher Lee, on his decision to send shirtless photos of his manly chest to a woman he’d met on Craigslist.
b) Sen. John Ensign, on his decision to sleep with an aide’s wife and then have his dad pay $100,000 to the cuckolded aide.
c) Sen. Harry Reid, on his DOA proposal to ban prostitution in the libertine state of Nevada.
d) Rep. Anthony Weiner, on his decision to tweet photos of his crotch to women he’d never met.
6) An Obama flip-flop, true or false:
During the 2008 campaign, Obama said he was fine with state legalization of medical marijuana (“I’m not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws”), but now his Justice Department is saying that “commercial marijuana operations are illegal under federal law, and we will enforce federal law.”
7) Which of these falsehoods was uttered by Michele Bachmann?
a) The first shots of the American Revolution were fired in New Hampshire. (It was Massachusetts.)
b) Founding Father John Quincy Adams worked tirelessly to end slavery. (He was a college kid in Boston when the nation was founded in Philadelphia – and the founding document preserved slavery.)
c) The popular human papillomavirus vaccine causes mental retardation. (There has not been a single case.)
d) Paul Revere rode at midnight to warn the British. (He rode to warn the Americans.)
e) All of the above, except d).
f) All of the above.
8) True or false: Jon Corzine, whose MF Global investment firm recently collapsed, is only the second ex-senator in history to be hauled in front of his former colleagues, via a subpoena.
9) Mitt Romney said recently that he once told a landscaping company not to hire any “illegals” to work on his Massachusetts lawn, because:
a) “I’m running for office, for Pete’s sake.”
b) “I have a net worth of $200 million, and it would look bad.”
c) “I bet my neighbor 10,000 bucks that I would enforce the law.”
d) “I have made a solemn promise, unlike President Obama, never to apologize for America.”
10) Sen. Jon Kyl said abortions make up “well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.” The actual figure is 3 percent. Asked to explain the discrepancy, a spokesman for the senator served up some spin. Name the real quote:
a) Kyl “trusted the 90 percent figure because he’d heard it on Fox News.”
b) Kyl’s Senate floor remark “was not intended to be a factual statement.”
c) Kyl “loves America and resents the implication that he does not.”
d) Kyl “always speaks from the heart, regardless of the left’s so-called facts.”
11) An Obama flip-flop, true or false:
For years, he opposed using military tribunals to prosecute terrorists, but now he supports them.
Answers: 1, a, although Trump did say that about DeNiro. 2, true. 3, d. 4, true. 5, d. 6, true. 7, e; the Revere falsehood was uttered by Sarah Palin. 8, false; Corzine is the first. 9, a. 10, b. 11, true.