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Everyone's used to politicians badmouthing each other and highlighting flaws in their opponents to try and belittle them in front of the eyes of the public.
In my little corner of the world, things like fraud and corruption regularly bubble to the surface, usually by way of the media. The police investigate and the offending politician is, more often than not, destroyed. Possibly literally, as they're not usually heard from again, but more likely because the parties distance themselves from the offending moron, who was stupid enough to misbehave while the public gaze was upon them.
The parties use incidents like that to discredit their rivals and question their abilities to govern.
Occasionally an irrelevant element of a politician's personal life will crop up as the focus of a jibe, but it's never seen as anything more than that. Using, say, a harmless hobby to try and smear someone in Parliament would be seen as monumentally petty.

"Petty" is not a word American politicians seem to have an understanding of.
Currently one of the candidates in the state senate race for New England is being attacked by her rivals for engaging in what they see as an evil and perverse pastime. A practice that they believe reflects one's personality and ambition with such clarity that we should see those who engage in it stripped of power altogether.
Good lord, what does she do? Watch snuff films? Practice witchcraft? Play "kitten football"?

No. She plays Warcraft. As an orc.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-…

I'm really not sure I'm comfortable with the idea of Republicans being given charge over a pair of scissors, let alone the world's best funded military force (again). If you guys wanna switch Prez; it's no business of mine, but can you put a party with a greater grip on reality in charge? Please? You've got plenty of smart, sane people there. Give one of them a shot!
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Sanderford Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
My thinking is that we could stand to get rid of both major parties, especially the idiots on The Hill right now.

They sicken me.
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Zeikier Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The sheer stupidity of their accusations hit me two months into the future.
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Foxenawolf Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
*checks out* you know what? im fucking done with america. IM DONE. i've lived here all my life, dated a brit who REMOVED my national pride and now that im single again i find out there really ISNT anything to be proud of anymore. we overreact over EVERYTHING. oh mah GAWD a poletician has a life outside of poletics heaven forbid. oh my goodness a poletican is actuall HUMAN. WE CAN'T HAVE THAT they must all be saints and choir boys/girls or they are the devil and must be destroyed!

GET A FUCKING GRIP people they're HUMAN LIKE US.
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ShawnLeroy Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I play Warcraft, and I would like to be President some day. Party? Republican. I'm a staunch conservative that enjoys his video games.
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weird-coma Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
......it'll never happen. I want it to......God in heaven how I want it to, but it never will. Obama's not all that great either to be honest. Democrats and Republicans are pretty much like one bowl of shit looking in the mirror.

Anyway, carry on good sir and keep the funny rolling.
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Misterichart Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist
oh and give it a few more years and then try to find a candidate who doesn't play games!
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Misterichart Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist
HA great comment! Yeah, anything political... ( here in the US and in my opinion ) is an embarrassment, as is the media, the bias, and propaganda... please keep in mind they are a very tiny portion of us Americans... Although I find myself getting more cynical everyday, and losing faith in humanity..... I wonder if they will ever wake up and put everyday common sense, semi intelligent people in charge?.. you know the people who work every day, given a job to do, task to complete... problem to solve.. and they just do it! no hidden agendas or greed or bullshit.. sigh!
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JetSetMax Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To be bluntly honest. I'm not gonna be voting this year, even if it will be my first time having the chance of voting for President. Why? I don't like either choice of candidates.

One being because of his track record. Was it really necessary to rack up trillions more in debt? I don't think so.

Call me petty, but the reason I don't want to vote for Romney is because of someone who supports him whose existence I learned of only recently: Brian Fischer. Why? The guy is a Christian mega-zealot who basically demands that the government become a Christian Democracy where even being non-Christian would be considered criminal. That guy supports Romney. Romney allows the guy to support him and that scares the living daylights out of me.
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dinshino Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Personally, I'm all for just enacting the clause that's in so many of the States' constitutions. It's states that if the government fails to do what it was set up to, then the government is to be done away with and a new one set up in its place.
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Xyga Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
so long as shes not playing when she has things to do i dont care playing a video gme shoud not be seen as a stigma UNLESS its takeing over your life (i,e you dont even stop to bath) or its somthing like the game "j,f,k reloaded"
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D-Murasai Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
here is the problem with this idea jack..

any intelligent, sane, mature person would never be so clinically insane as to want what is probably one of the worst jobs in the world to be honest....president.

so when your qualified intelligent people are like "you want me to be what? hell f*** no"

you end up with the left overs...
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Robinson3938 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Yeah I remember reading that article and thinking, "Really that is the worst thing he could find about her? Doesn't he know that game has about 10 million players, plus the millions of other people out there who play different mmorpgs, that carry the same basic goals."
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hurricane567 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Giving a productive adult static over playing video games is pretty damn dumb in this day and age. I denounce it in the strongest possible terms. HOWEVER, as a WoW player, an Alliance member, and a REPUBLICAN, i find it very telling that a Democrat chooses to play Horde, you know, the guys that mostly live in huts and tents, have Hellscream as a leader? Please note the Tauren picture in my gallery, it sums things up fairly well heh heh
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darkdestroyers Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
I'd love to take a look at the article that covers this personal attack, but the link appears to no longer function properly...

In my honest opinion, there are just too damn many extreme-leaning people in American politics. If for every extreme Republican or Democrat there were two moderates on either side, things might actually get done that matter to the people, instead of engaging in outrageous personal attacks on candidates, because moderates could settle on something extremes would never even think of: compromise.
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Marcusaralius76 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
The problem with the republican party is that it's political runners are generally decided by the Tea Party in one way or another. And the Tea Party is filled with batshit crazy nutjobs.
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aylamb Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
LOL The website they link to, the one that the opposition set up to 'critique' her playing is just awesome. This is the kind of politics I like. Clear-cut stupid.
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vermithrax40 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Hahahahahahahaha!! Wouldn't that be great?! Just be glad you are where you are with free health care and all! Our country is too big, too arrogant and too entitled to give a sh** about our own people. It's just weird. Although I'm sure you folks across the pond have your own issues as well, I envy you!
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XavierPhoenix Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
"America, F*** YEAH!"
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DragonCount Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh for goddess' sake, can't people even enjoy ordinary past times without it becoming a friggin' taboo?
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savageimp Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
the one man we've had take a run at the gop who i think worthy of the spot was shut down by the powers that be because he wants to bring all of our soldiers home and a full investigation of the federal reserve.
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thestoney2 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Amused by the quantity of comments. Now... how best to summarise what you've done by being a British person daring to have a view on US politics....
[link]
oh yeah, that's it.
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MichiganOtaku Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
You think THAT's bad, republicans have been trying to purge their party of any and all moderates for the past few years now, ever since the voters put a black man in the White House. It can all be traced back to Nixon's "southern strategy" where he tapped into lingering racism among Dixiecrats to make the so-called "bible-belt" states safe Republican seats in the Senate and the House for the then foreseeable future. This is a major reason why the republican party today is almost entirely Caucasian. A lot of Bush-43s administration, including VP Cheney, concluded that the lesson of Watergate was that Nixon wasn't smart enough to avoid getting caught. And that's not getting into the voter suppression efforts that republicans are trying to implement this election to deny voting rights to the poor, to blacks, to college students, and to other voting blocs who lean Democratic. They try to characterize it as a crackdown on "voter fraud" despite the fact that between 2000 and 2010, there were less than 100 cases of voter fraud among the literally millions of votes cast in that decade. This year, however, voter fraud has skyrocketed, and nearly all cases were perpetrated by, you guessed it, Republicans. Now, for JollyJack's benefit I should explain: the term "GOP" is actually another nickname for the republican party. It stands for "grand old party". Here's a vid which explains a lot of what's been going on in the republican party over the past handful of decades. [link] We're seeing something that's only ever happened one other time in american history: a political party driving itself to extinction. The only other time this happened was when the Whigs drove themselves into obsolescence in the mid-19th century.
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MichiganOtaku Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
forgot another link here [link]
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Hybrid-Sunshine Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
We try, but too many are too ingrained on the idea of having only 2 parties to choose from and having only 2 parties actually matter. I would vote for another party, but they don't get enough exposure because they're not as well-funded as the Democratic and Republican parties, and I'm starting to doubt they ever will be. Only rich, crazy or stupid people can actually run for prez here, which sucks. :\ Then again, I probably have no right to badmouth anyone; I'm not a political expert (though I am thoroughly convinced that Romney is an idiot and shouldn't be president under any circumstances; not a very good representive of my country in my opinion). Also, the people trying to mud-sling another politician on the argument that they play video games are, indeed, idiots as you have pointed out. However, I don't live in that area...

Ehhh, not good at commenting... -___-
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MichiganOtaku Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Correction: the two-party system isn't the result of people having the idea ingrained in their heads, it's the inevitable result of our first-past-the-post voting system. This is not my political opinion, it's a provable mathematical fact. Observe. [link]
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urvogel7 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
I may just register to vote in Maine now, video games don't have a lot of political friends in the states. (Not to mention the fact that we need more Dems in the senate.)
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rettiroen Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
I hate to be blunt and harsh about this. But please go read a history book. This stuff is nothing new and it's by far not the worst. Hell British politics have done far worse before. I'd waste my time listing the tactics from throughout history because frankly it's not hard to find instances of it. But I'll give you a good place to start. The US Presidential election of 1828. I also say to read some history because it was the Democrats that fought the hardest to protect slavery. I'm not brining this up to demonize the Democrats but to make a point. Judging politicians solely based on their party affiliation is stupid and wrong.
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RennisTora Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Only in the f*cking U.S.A :l
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Insane-Randomness Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Unfortunately the other side isn't much better...
I believe it was obama of accusing romney of an incident in high school where he beat someone up. The press talked too his sister, and she claims he was dead at that point. And she never remembers that happening anyways...
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MarvelousHarvey Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Unfortunately, none of our parties seem to be populated by anyone who has even half a clue. The more they fight each other, the more bat shit crazy they seem to get.

Oh well, hopefully they'll manage to wipe each other out and we can get some rational lads and lasses in there.
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LynnNexus Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
I have been begging for that for a long time... Fundies are getting crazier by the damn day. Wish they were a different group insted of one of the two main groups >.<
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Sanderford Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
The sad thing is, Democrats are just as insane.

Besides which Jack, you're talking about New England. They're all nuts up there.
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Dragnos Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Do we really need to do this guys? Both Republicans and Democrats have narrow minded idiots on both sides that give each side enough crap ammo to do this all year without it being an election year.
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NotBlondieNoMore Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Problem is.. The smart and sane people know that it's no use talking sense to any of the remaining Americans.. Thus they are smart enough to know not to give it a go xD
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nighthawk81 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
There are space cadets and nutjobs in all political parties of all nations ... because all political parties are composed of human beings ... notoriously unstable and unreliable. Sooner or later, something like this was bound to show up.

It doesn't matter what party ... some folks are just simply one-foot-on-the-crazy-line-and-the-other-on-a-banana-peel. It seems the folks in Maine just let one of them get some political power.

(Or ... the Maine State Republican Party is run by geriatric technophobes. Not sure which, exactly.)
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AngelsKarith Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
doesn't surprise me one bit politians use any means to get their way even very petty jabs like that
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nightwatcher06 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
So most men in politics can mindlessly whack a tiny ball around to play golf with their pals to wind down after a hard day at the office, but a woman can't sit down at her computer and play a stimulating game she enjoys with her online friends to relax? Sheesh, these people in politics need to get over themselves. Honestly, if I found out any politicians enjoyed playing any video game, I think I would like him/her more. I'd be like, "That person understands me. That person knows how to chill and have fun. We finally have something in common."
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ProductionsStash Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Jack, your primary mistake was believing any politician in the 50 states or the federal government cares about another human being or anything beyond shameless power-grabs and blatant lobby group kowtowing after nice, multimillion-dollar "campaign donations."

The secondary mistake was assuming the GOP to be rational and expecting they would not at all behave like histrionic sociopaths.
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anotalenthack Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
And kitten football is a great deal of fun.
You just need to put catnip in the tiny ball.

The only real snag is finding padding in their size
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anotalenthack Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Good sir, I take your thoughts as high compliments.

But I'm afraid its quite a bit worse over here than you may think. The press may be able to have a heyday over on your side of the pond when a politician does something stupid, but I hope they do so with the truth in mind. Over here, entire news networks are actually solely devoted to one political party or the other.

In America, the truth is totally irrelevant; the primary media exists to get us to hate one particular party or person with illogical ferocity. One who pays attention to multiple news sources will have a bit of trouble repressing a laugh at how blatantly absurd and hypocritical the news can be (I know I get rolling when I look at it).
Over here, when a politician does something stupid, their owners ensure that the press boldly states that the laws of physics, decency, and reality have suddenly been altered to make what they did not only proper, but a clear display of their righteousness. we should all THANK them for having the strength of character to do what they did, and be ashamed of ourselves for not doing it already ourselves.

We love nothing in this land; nothing at all. But BOY, are we sure proud of all the things we hate.

Ugh. Well, I am glad that there are so many of us that are trying to hold on to a modicum of common sense, but its an uphill battle. We do have a lot of smart, sane people over here. But the problem is that they are smart enough to stay OUT of politics...
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jvanalstine1 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow.
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RivisIndigoEmporium Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
More than just mud-slinging, what you're seeing here is a symptom of desperation -- and if anything, the fact she's a gamer will actually ENDEAR her to some of the more undecided voters. :nod:

But honestly, this is the first I've heard of this! What the hell? A Maine-based politician on the side of the Hoard!? My day has been made! :dummy:
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Parrybrown Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
so what are you in Borderlands or at least your main?
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jollyjack Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Soldier. I love my turrets.
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deviltroll Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
We don't have enough. I wish we had smarter people here but we don't.
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TheSUNGlassKid Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
We're TRYING.
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BATTILANA Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Oh for the love of... When are people going to wake up and realise this is just mud slinging? It's a staple of modern politics as much as air is to living. It flummoxes me every time someone gasps how 'Shocked' they are when people do stupid things like this. If people aren't impressed, they will vote democrats. That's how the game works. Politicians ether do smart or dumb things during their campaign; It's all about taking risks. If people didn't take the risk they wouldn't get elected. That's how the game works. What do I think? As an Australian, and a center person, I believe It's a stupid move on the Republicans side, and will only serve to hurt their campaign.

One last thing, Jack. You should know by now that British Politicians are capable of doing weirder things, not to mention you've been telling everyone since the Bush Jr. days how much you dislike the Republican party, so why do you throw your hands up in surprise at this? Your comments have about as much weight as Claude Rains character in the film 'Casablanca,' when he announces he's “Shocked to find gambling going on in here.”
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chibicascade Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
I wish we could have a multiparty system. We tried to get a third party candidate into the debates, but both of the parties we have booted him out.
it seems any time A moderate candidate runs, he get shunned offstage by the radical politicians...
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SpecstacularSC Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Bro, America would love to pull itself together, but we've got too many idiots mucking it up for us.

Also WHAT. Railing on a politician for playing WoW.

Somebody needs to be punched in the balls for this.
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Derrflinger Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Echoing an earlier comment I frankly could never support a horde-aligned state senator. The Republican Party is one of humanity, one of paladins, one of the great Alliance!

And really, the horde is red, the color of communism!

Thanks Orcbama
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