Decision 2012: Election Boogaloo

…and so here it is. As you know, I take some pride in keeping this site as free of politics as possible, because it’s such a clearly divisive issue and we’re here to talk about baseball, not social issues.

That being said, today’s obviously a special day, because a national presidential election only comes along once every four years, and people are going to want to talk about it. (And it’s not like there’s any baseball news happening tonight, anyway.) So with that in mind, this is a “game thread” of sorts to give people that outlet, while also serving as a clear signal to those who prefer to avoid it that they’d be best off not wading into the comments here. (Baseball discussion can still be found on today’s earlier post reviewing Bobby Abreu.) As I joked yesterday, which you’ll only get if you watched The Wire: this is “Hamsterdam“. (If you have not watched The Wire, please stop whatever you are doing immediately and watch The Wire. In-deed!)

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So discuss the election here if you must, but keep in mind two rules: 1) be civil. Not everyone’s going to agree for very obvious reasons, and disagreement is fine, but to a point. In so many words… don’t be a dick. Seriously. If it gets out of hand, I’ll shut it down. 2) If you don’t make the effort to vote, you lose the right to complain. Make sure you’ve voted today, no matter who you choose to go for.

And.. look, I’m not dense. I know you were expecting me to end this with a video clip about “voting for Kodos” or “twirling towards freedom,” but come on. That’s played out. A pox upon those who are claiming they’re blameless because they voted for Kodos. Instead, I leave you with the only true voice on the election:

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NedsMustache
NedsMustache

Voted for Obama in '08, but became disillusioned when it was more of the same with bipartisan sniping and childish antics.   Didn't vote for either of them as both have no new ideas or any desire to keep their hands out of my wallet.   The issue is that politics is not about the people but about the elected officials keeping the populace confused by rhetoric and the fact that the line dividing the Democrats and Republicans is so smudged it looks like a batter's box in the eighth inning means that absolutely nothing gets done.    Right now, I am just looking at four more years of watching a sizable amount of my income go into servicing a debt that will never be paid to make sure that elected officials never have to work a day in their lives.  Costa Rica is sounding better each and every day. 

Hoagiebum
Hoagiebum

Romney was more grounded and reasonable in that concession speech than I ever heard him sound before. Who knows what happens if that guy had shown up on the campaign trail.

Hoagiebum
Hoagiebum

I do not trust these network weenies. In 2000 I went to bed thinking that Gore had won only to wake up and learn otherwise.

*VND*
*VND*

I wish you guys could see my Skype. It's unreal how much the world pays attention to how we vote. People are celebrating in a country so small...

Hoagiebum
Hoagiebum

MSNBC being very cautious about calling the close ones. They actually have Obama with fewer Electoral votes than Faux News.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

This is sorta like if the Tigers refused to accept the giants swept them and stood stubbornly on the field.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

BOOOOM

 

RT @nprpolitics: NPR calls Virginia for Obama, bringing him to a projected 303 electoral votes vs. 203 for Romney.

Hoagiebum
Hoagiebum

Ohio is irrelevant now as Obama has 290.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

Marijuana also legalized in Washington!

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

You're all great. Everything here was much more civil, productive, and respectful than I could have imagined. 

*VND*
*VND*

Most docs LOVE ObamaCare. We didn't enter this field of pain and endurance to fight public access to care. So stop with the "docs are against public access to care" bullshit. PLEASE.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

Alright, kids. I'm tired. This was a lot of fun, and thanks for the interesting conversation and generally being cool.

 

new post comes now, and previous rules go back into effect: politics-free.

*VND*
*VND*

Most docs are NOT against ObamaCare, and yes it will result in better medical care.

LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)
LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)

I'm really happy tonight. Obama gets reelected AND Weed is being made legal in the state I will move to? Plus, politics on MSTI without poop throwing? Excellent. 

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Oh and don't forget to click on the pitching coach ad so Mikey get some dough ray me!

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

My favorite part is that the Dems lost NC where they held their convention, and the GOP likewise lost FL.

Hoagiebum
Hoagiebum

 @EephusBlue

 If Obama takes Flori-duh, as it appears he will, this would be in landslide territory, Right?

*VND*
*VND*

@LA Woman so funny because i have MD buddies who are sooo excited about this.

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

@VietnamDodger Perhaps I am ill-informed. The study I read about, more than once, said 67% of docs surveyed said health care would not improve under Obamacare.

*VND*
*VND*

@Mike Petriello in the cyber world, youre my boyfriend. And it will remain that way.

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

@Saber Kid #293.2 @VietnamDodger Most docs are against it. Since govt. screws up everything it does, why will this be any different?

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

@Tony Fernandez @Saber @VietnamDodger I'll split the difference. Corruption + incompetence.