A Mnemonic Acronym for 17 Republicans

My Very Excited Mother Just Served Us Nine Pies. King Philip Came Over For Good Spaghetti. R.I.C.E.! If we need an acronym to remember how to treat a sprained ankle, there’s no way we’ll get through the Republican primary season without one. Here goes.

Until someone invites every Republican presidential candidate onto the same debate stage, who can possibly recall all 17 names without a visual aid? And beyond the twitchiest of the political junkies among us, who can easily do it even with a visual aid?

To wit, we created these easy-to-remember mnemonic devices. Inspired? Join the conversation on Facebook.

In the order they declared, by last name:

Mnemonic: Alex Trowbridge; Illustrations: Mark Marturello/The Des Moines Register; Graphic: Griffin Hammond

 

Or if you prefer, first name:

Mnemonic: Matt Negrin; Illustrations: Mark Marturello/The Des Moines Register; Graphic: Griffin Hammond

 

Mnemonic and Graphic: Griffin Hammond; Illustrations by Mark Marturello/The Des Moines Register

Mnemonics by, in order, Alex Trowbridge, Matt Negrin, and Griffin Hammond. Special thanks to Mark Maturello of The Des Moines Register for the illustrations.

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