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This Week: Pat Buchanan

Pat BuchananUltra-conservative, former GOP presidential candidate Patrick J. Buchanan is famous for his forays in journalism and politics. Twice he left CNN’s “Crossfire” to launch presidential bids for the 1992 and 1996 races, only to quickly rejoin the show after failing to receive the Republican nomination both times. As “Crossfire” celebrates its 15th anniversary, Buchanan continues to offer the public a mouthful of controversial political debate with rotating co-hosts Geraldine Ferraro and Bill Press.

Will the political pundit finally stay in place or is he planning another leave of absence for the presidential race in 2000? Test your knowledge of his wordsmithing talents below.

  1. How does Buchanan characterize Bill Clinton’s foreign policy experience?

    “Confined to negotiating water rights treaties with the governor of Mississippi.”
    “Confined to sneaking off to Moscow to get further instructions from the Kremlin.”
    “Confined to running his own travel agency.”
    “Confined to having had breakfast once at the International House of Pancakes.”
    “A lot more extensive than mine.”

  2. In a cover story, TIME magazine labeled Buchanan, a “Hell Raiser: A _____ for the 90s.”

    Huey Long
    George Wallace
    William Jennings Bryan
    Joe McCarthy
    Richard Nixon

  3. Buchanan once described the Democrats as “the party of _______________.”

    socialists, Communists, and feminazis
    drum beaters for the Middle East
    national health insurance and Joycelyn Elders
    nattering nabobs of negativism
    worshippers of a false god

  4. According to Buchanan, the ” ____ is to me a symbol of defiance, courage, bravery in the face of overwhelming odds.”

    O.J. verdict
    Confederate battle flag
    McLaughlin Group
    National Liberation Front
    German military cemetery at Bitburg

  5. When Buchanan said, “they’re good people in a lot of ways,” who was he speaking about?

    Closet homosexuals
    Ivy League elitists in tweed jackets
    Pointy-headed bureaucrats who can’t park bicycles straight
    Libertarian labor workers
    Nixon, Ehrlichman, and Haldeman

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Ted Rueter is the author of several books on politics, including The Newt Gingrich Quiz Book and The Rush Limbaugh Quiz Book.


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