1044: Romney Quiz

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Romney Quiz
Charlie actually delivered the Medicare line almost verbatim in the 1971 movie's Fizzy Lifting Drink scene, but it was ultimately cut from the final release.
Title text: Charlie actually delivered the Medicare line almost verbatim in the 1971 movie's Fizzy Lifting Drink scene, but it was ultimately cut from the final release.


This comic satirizes "either/or" quizzes seen on websites such as mentalfloss.com. These quizzes normally have an element of challenge by presenting tonally similar quotes, such as "Who Said It: Ted Nugent or Cartman from South Park?"

Mitt Romney was the Republican candidate for President of the United States (officially declared presumptive nominee on April 25, 2012, one week after this comic) during the 2012 US presidential election and, as it says above, the former Governor of Massachusetts. During the election, Mad Magazine published a popular article which compared quotes from Romney with quotes from the Simpsons villain Montgomery Burns. In this comic, Burns is substituted with Charlie Bucket, the main character of the 1964 Roald Dahl children's novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, adapted to film in 1971 as Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. The joke here is that the two categories of quotes are not similar at all, creating no challenge — and thus, despite the question "Is there even a difference?" implying some kind of political satire, making no point whatsoever.

In 1965, Congress created Medicare under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide health insurance to people age 65 and older, regardless of income or medical history. So, the quote being used in a movie in 1971 (which is obviously not true) is still feasible.


[One long panel, with a large headline at the top, flanked by two small pictures on each side: a portrait of Mitt Romney on the left, and a blonde child running with a golden ticket in his hand on the left. Below is a list numbered 1 - 12 down the left. The answers on the bottom are written upside down.]
QUIZ: Who said it - former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, or Wonka contest winner Charlie Bucket?
Is there even a difference?
1. "I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country."
2. "Returning Medicare to solid footing represents our greatest entitlement challenge."
3. "Look, everyone, look, I've got it! The fifth golden ticket is mine!"
4. We have lost faith in government. Not in just one party, not in just one house, but in government."
5. "This banana's fantastic! It tastes so real."
6. "Grandpa... on the way home today, I ran into Mr. Slugworth."
7. "I'm not happy exporting jobs, but we must move ahead in technology and patents."
8. "Hey, the room is getting smaller."
9. "It would be impossible to reach unanimity on every aspect of our budget."
10. "Grandpa, look over there across the river! They're little men!"
11. "I'm... going too high! Hey, Grandpa, I can't get down! Help! Grandpa, the fan!"
12. "Barack Obama has failed America."
Answers: Mitt Romney: 1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 12; Charlie Bucket: 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11.

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I got 4/12! I feel proud! Davidy22[talk] 08:29, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

I remember when Herman Cain quoted the Pokémon 2000 film. Then again, did not a pro-life politician use Mewtwo's quote? Greyson (talk) 13:21, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

After reading the explanation several times, I still don't get the joke. Is the comic meant as comment that there's something wrong with those kinds of quizzes? Or is it meant to emphasize how well the ordinary ones do line up by offering a bad one for comparison? Or is it just relying on sheer bizarreness, which is why I keep looking for an underlying satirical element that isn't there? I'm just so confused. Mel (talk) 12:22, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

Its comparing the absurd (as viewed by Democrats) statements made by Romney to famous quotes by Charlie, implying that they are equally ridiculous and fantastical. 22:04, 3 June 2015 (UTC)

I'm guessing that Romney said #11, right? Youforgotthisthing (talk) 13:57, 12 July 2015 (UTC)

That is actually very crappy upside down text. Did you get it from [upsidedowntext.com]? Check Please! StillNotOriginal (Talk to me!) 23:32, 19 May 2018 (UTC)

Better now? --Dgbrt (talk) 13:26, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
Yup. (OCD Strikes back...) StillNotOriginal 22:52, 20 May 2018 (UTC)