We are talking about none other the threat of public humiliation on the game show Jeopardy! Or at the very least it seems to have worked with the folks running the Philippines.
In case you missed it last week, Councilman Eric Gioia turned up in a question on Jeopardy! The clue was, "NYC Councilman Eric Gioa Says 10 U.N. Missions Owe the City $8 Million In These". The answer was, of course, parking tickets, and we don't think that it is any coincidence that just as this episode aired, the Philippines decided that now might be a good time to make good on all of those unpaid parking tickets and back taxes that they owe New York City.
The archipelago nation of 7,107 islands coughed up $9 million. The country was apparently so embarrassed about the situation that they decided to pay up for everybody and kick in $1 million extra just to make the scandal disappear.
(Actually the city is owed more like $18 million by these rogue U.N. missions, not $8 million, but at least Alex Trebek pronounced Gioia's name correctly.)
And it wasn't just Regular Jeopardy! either. No, this was worth $1200 in the Double Jeopardy! round, you know that part that everybody actually watches. (We all know that the first round of Jeopardy! is like the first half of an NBA game, it doesn't really matter. No, a question in the first round of Jeopardy! Before the contestant introductions would hardly suffice when it comes to bending the will of a nation and its people, or at the very least the will of its scofflaw deadbeat U.N. ambassadors.)
The Gioia question, or we're sorry, "clue" as the "question" is really the "answer" in Jeopardy!, came under the category of "Diplomacy". Which got us thinking, how great would it be if Jeopardy! (Wow! We haven't used this many explanation points since we found out about Night Train Cool, the menthol-flavored variety!) actually had a category "NYC Council"?
We here at Pol Position have taken the liberty of creating just such a category and five sample clues to help get the creative juices of the show's writers flowing. Try your hand at Pol Position Jeopardy! and see how you rate.
ANSWERS: 1. Councilwoman Melinda Katz 2. Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. 3. Councilman Charles Barron 4. Councilman Tony Avella 5. Councilwoman Diana Reyna
0 Correct: Do you even live in New York City?
1 Correct: Tip: You can read newspapers online now if you are too cheap to buy them.
2 Correct: Not bad, you're probably qualified to run for City Council yourself.
3 Correct: Excellent, you're probably qualified to actually write legislation for City Council.
4 Correct: You should probably read something other than Pol Position.
5 Correct: Damn playa' - you should intern at thepoliticker or some other wonky political blog.