Contributor Post Created with Sketch. How to Make a Couple Thousand Bucks by Slandering Liberals

 

Take it from a one-time Jeopardy! champion (read: … and one-time Jeopardy! loser): it’s not easy being up under those lights, especially if you’re possessed of the type of ­– ahem – disposition that tends to characterize most of the show’s contestants. If you’ve made it onto the Jeopardy! stage, you’ve probably got a bit of an ego about your smarts, which adds a huge liability to the game: no one will ever remember any of your correct answers, because they’re expected of you. But if you go all facepalm on national television – no matter how brilliant you may otherwise be – it will live with you for the rest of your life.

I experienced a little bit of this when I lost on the show by whiffing on a Final Jeopardy question that involved the GM bankruptcy, a process that I witnessed the genesis of from within the Bush White House. It was not my finest hour. That’s why I envy Becky Sullivan, who also came up short on Final Jeopardy last week, but did so in the most awesome fashion imaginable:

Now, Sullivan subsequently claimed that she wasn’t throwing shade – “pansy” was just the only flower name she was aware of that could also be used as an epithet. And I believe her … because she’s an NPR producer. I’m guessing if you start dropping “pansy” in the hallways of America’s leading outlet for broadcasting done under the influence of Unisom, you end answering to HR pretty quickly.

Don’t feel too bad for Ms. Sullivan though. She seems to be taking this whole thing in good humor. Moreover, it’s Jeopardy!, which means she walked away with $2,000 for a second-place finish, despite the fact that she ended the game at $0 – which sounds suspiciously like a policy put in place by some liberal pansy.

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  1. 1967mustangman Inactive

    In other news how often do you see the returning champion’s poduim empty in final Jeopardy?

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    • October 26, 2015, at 12:13 PM PST
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  2. David Carroll Thatcher

    That would be a bleeding heart liberal pansy, Troy.

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    • October 26, 2015, at 12:17 PM PST
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  3. Vicryl Contessa Thatcher

    I’m surprised that she didn’t guess the correct answer given the fact that she had a picture to reference. I guess that’s what happens when you live in a concrete garden- you don’t know the names of flowers.

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    • October 26, 2015, at 12:21 PM PST
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  4. SWBart Member

    I was raised in the country by a serious gardener. I can’t imagine not knowing that was a bleeding heart on sight. Even if she just looked at the shape and had half a clue of the culture of the other side of the political spectrum, she could have figured it out.

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    • October 26, 2015, at 12:28 PM PST
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  5. 1967mustangman Inactive

    I must admit I am the son of a serious gardener and I didn’t know the flower…..I am a failure.

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    • October 26, 2015, at 12:30 PM PST
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  6. iWe Reagan
    iWe

    That is one ugly flower.

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    • October 26, 2015, at 12:30 PM PST
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  7. PJ Coolidge
    PJ

    SWBart:I was raised in the country by a serious gardener. I can’t imagine not knowing that was a bleeding heart on sight. Even if she just looked at the shape and had half a clue of the culture of the other side of the political spectrum, she could have figured it out.

    I’d never heard of a bleeding heart, either. Forced to guess, I would have said “pinko.”

    Or rather, “what is a pinko?”

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    • October 26, 2015, at 12:35 PM PST
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  8. Done Contributor

    Vicryl Contessa:I’m surprised that she didn’t guess the correct answer given the fact that she had a picture to reference. I guess that’s what happens when you live in a concrete garden- you don’t know the names of flowers.

    That was a flower?

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    • October 26, 2015, at 12:45 PM PST
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  9. Profile Photo Member

    Let’s be honest: calling them pansies is hardly slanderous.

    Slightly amusing? Yes. But if I were mathematically eliminated from winning Jeopardy and thrown a softball like this, I hope I would have the wherewithal to drop a real bomb.

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    • October 26, 2015, at 12:47 PM PST
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  10. Paul Erickson Member

    SWBart:I was raised in the country by a serious gardener. I can’t imagine not knowing that was a bleeding heart on sight. Even if she just looked at the shape and had half a clue of the culture of the other side of the political spectrum, she could have figured it out.

    Ah, but it was HER side of the political spectrum. Can’t see things clearly when they’re up close (especially at my age.)

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    • October 26, 2015, at 12:54 PM PST
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  11. iWe Reagan
    iWe

    Bob L:Let’s be honest: calling them pansies is hardly slanderous.

    Slightly amusing? Yes. But if I were mathematically eliminated from winning Jeopardy and thrown a softball like this, I hope I would have the wherewithal to drop a real bomb.

    “What is a ‘[redacted]?”

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    • October 26, 2015, at 12:55 PM PST
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  12. iWe Reagan
    iWe

    Bob L: I hope I would have the wherewithal to drop a real bomb.

    “What is a ‘braindead communist wannabe’?”

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    • October 26, 2015, at 12:56 PM PST
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  13. Mike H Coolidge

    Who’s this new guy?

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    • October 26, 2015, at 1:06 PM PST
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  14. David Carroll Thatcher

    I can think of plenty worse (and fitting) insults for liberals than any flower’s name.

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    • October 26, 2015, at 1:23 PM PST
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  15. Doctor Bass Monkey Inactive

    My brother told me about this to see how I would answer, and pansy was my answer, too. I’d never heard of a bleeding heart flower.

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    • October 26, 2015, at 1:36 PM PST
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  16. Capt. Spaulding Member

    Troy, how is it that Trebeck seems to anticipate her insult? Can he see the scrawled answers before the reveal to the audience?

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    • October 26, 2015, at 1:37 PM PST
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  17. Troy Senik Contributor
    Troy Senik Post author

    Capt. Spaulding:Troy, how is it that Trebeck seems to anticipate her insult? Can he see the scrawled answers before the reveal to the audience?

    I thought that was interesting too. But it makes perfect sense if you think about it. They have to be able to see the answer before Alex announces it, lest they get into Sean Connery territory.

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    • October 26, 2015, at 1:39 PM PST
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  18. Front Seat Cat Member

    The guy got it – the girl didn’t? Not that women should know flowers, but look at the shape and color, and the clue was a no brainer – Troy – would love to see your you tube video as a guest, or even a picture – that is exciting – the things we don’t know ! The Sean Connery skits still crack me up!

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    • October 26, 2015, at 2:00 PM PST
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  19. David Deeble Member

    A most enjoyable read, Troy. Thanks.

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    • October 26, 2015, at 2:38 PM PST
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  20. Mendel Member

    Wow, the famous Wheel of Fortune scene in South Park actually came to life.

    I point some blame at Jeopardy. Final Jeopardy is designed to be so difficult that at least one contestant will get it wrong. Framing a question (uhh…answer) in the form of “a pejorative used to describe group X” makes it highly likely that someone will take a guess which ends up being offensive or controversial.

    In other words, the entire premise of this question was just begging for trouble.

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    • October 26, 2015, at 2:46 PM PST
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  21. iWe Reagan
    iWe

    iWe: “What is a ‘[redacted]?”

    Woo hoo!!! I got redacted!!!! I made the Big Leagues!

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    • October 26, 2015, at 2:52 PM PST
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  22. carcat74 Member

    What about ‘snotweed’?

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    • October 26, 2015, at 3:08 PM PST
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  23. Percival Thatcher

    I know both kinds of flowers: the ones that are roses, and the ones that ain’t.

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    • October 26, 2015, at 3:21 PM PST
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  24. Songwriter Member

    In my book, the ultimate epithet would be, “What is a Democrat?”

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    • October 26, 2015, at 3:22 PM PST
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  25. Vicryl Contessa Thatcher

    Percival:I know both kinds of flowers: the ones that are roses, and the ones that ain’t.

    Nice.

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    • October 26, 2015, at 3:23 PM PST
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  26. EJHill Podcaster

    I think she got hosed. You can’t prove she was wrong.

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    • October 26, 2015, at 4:39 PM PST
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  27. Cow Girl Thatcher

    To be fair…bleeding hearts (the flowers) are a bit old-fashioned. My mom and my grandmother both had them in their gardens. I’m not sure people really use them that much these days.

    But, her answer was awesomely hilarious!!

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    • October 26, 2015, at 4:47 PM PST
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  28. GLDIII Temporarily Essential Thatcher

    Troy Senik:

    Capt. Spaulding:Troy, how is it that Trebeck seems to anticipate her insult? Can he see the scrawled answers before the reveal to the audience?

    I thought that was interesting too. But it makes perfect sense if you think about it. They have to be able to see the answer before Alex announces it, lest they get into Sean Connery territory.

    Troy,

    I did not even hit the hot link and knew what you were referencing…. We are a sorry bunch

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    • October 26, 2015, at 6:32 PM PST
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  29. Doctor Bass Monkey Inactive

    iWe:

    iWe: “What is a ‘[redacted]?”

    Woo hoo!!! I got redacted!!!! I made the Big Leagues!

    I’ll send you the club t-shirt

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    • October 26, 2015, at 6:55 PM PST
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  30. BastiatJunior Member

    Troy Senik: no one will ever remember any of your correct answers, because they’re expected of you. But if you go all facepalm on national television – no matter how brilliant you may otherwise be – it will live with you for the rest of your life.

    I saw Kevin O’Leary, aka “Wr. Wonderful”, from “Shark Tank” on Jeopardy recently.

    There’s no doubt as to Mr. Wonderful’s intelligence, but he was the worst Jeopardy player I ever saw. He ended up with a huge negative score.

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    • October 26, 2015, at 7:18 PM PST
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