RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
by CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY
Issue of 2004-10-04
At no time during these debates shall either candidate move from their designated area behind their respective podiums.
ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¹From the agreement worked out for the Presidential debates.
Paragraph Two: Dress.
Candidates shall wear business attire. At no time during the debates shall either candidate remove any article of clothing, such as tie, belt, socks, suspenders, etc. Candidates shall not wear helmets, padding, girdles, prosthetic devices, or ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´elevatorÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶-type shoes. Per above, candidates shall not remove shoes or throw same at each other during debate. Once a debate is concluded, candidates shall be permitted to toss articles of clothing, excepting underwear, into the audience for keepsake purposes.
Paragraph Six: Hand gestures.
ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´Italian,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´French,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´Latino,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´Bulgarian,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ or other ethnic-style gestures intended to demean, impugn, or otherwise derogate opponent by casting aspersions on opponentÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â s manhood, abilities as lover, or cuckold status are prohibited. Standard ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´AmericanÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶-style gestures meant to convey honest bewilderment, doubt, etc., shall be permitted. Candidates shall not point rotating index fingers at their own temples to imply that opponent is mentally deranged. Candidates shall at no time insert fingers in their own throats to signify urge to vomit. Candidates shall under no circumstances insert fingers into opponentÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â s throat.
Paragraph Seventeen A: Bodily fluids-Perspiration.
Debate sponsors shall make every effort to maintain comfortable temperature onstage. Candidates shall make reasonable use of underarm deodorant and other antiperspirant measures, subject to review by Secret Service, before the debates. In the event that perspiration is unavoidable, candidates may deploy one plain white cotton handkerchief measuring eight inches square. Handkerchief may not be used to suggest that opponent wants to surrender in global war on terrorism.
Paragraph Forty-two: Language.
Candidates shall address each other in terms of mutual respect (ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´Mr. President,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´Senator,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ etc.). Use of endearing modifiers (ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´my distinguished opponent,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´the honorable gentleman,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´Pookie,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´Diddums,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ etc.) is permitted. The following terms are specifically forbidden and may not be used until after each debate is formally concluded: ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´girlie-man,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´draft dodger,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´drunk,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´ignoramus,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´Jesus freak,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´frog,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´bozo,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´wimp,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´toad,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´lickspittle,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´rat bastard,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´polluting bastard,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´lying bastard,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´demon spawn,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´archfiend,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ or compound nouns ending in ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´-holeÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ or ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´-ucker.ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶
Paragraph Fifty-eight: Spousal references.
Each candidate may make one reference to his spouse. All references to consist of boilerplate praise, e.g., ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´I would not be standing here without [spouseÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â s first name]ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ or ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´[SpouseÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â s name] would make a magnificent First Lady.ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ Candidates shall not pose hypothetical scenarios involving violent rape or murder of opponentÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â s spouse so as to taunt opponent with respect to his views on the death penalty.
Paragraph Ninety-eight: Vietnam.
Neither candidate shall mention the word ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´Vietnam.ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¶ In the event that either candidate utters said word in the course of a debate, the debate shall be concluded immediately and declared forfeit to the third-party candidate.