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Nov. 4th, 2008

12:45 pm - Electioholics Anonymous

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There it is again. A commentary column in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly about what to do if you're an election junkie who can't get enough of the election coverage, and how to deal with election withdrawal after the results are announced tomorrow. I think the newspaper had a similar article a week or so ago.

What I wanna know is, who's an election junkie?! I'm not. My mom isn't. My friends list has been echoing with choruses of "I can't wait until this damn election is over!" So who are these weirdos who just can't get enough of all these sensationalistic, inane election reports and blather?

Are you addicted to election coverage? Go ahead and respond anonymously if you want. We won't judge you here (despite my comment about "weirdos" above). :}

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From:rikchik
Date:November 4th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
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I've been fascinated by the whole thing - I don't have a television, so I haven't had it imposed on me, but I've been enjoying bouncing between the various projection sites and such. I don't know that I'll miss it as such but I've certainly had fun watching it.
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From:klepsydra
Date:November 4th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
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I am. Or rather, I should say I'm a psephoholic. No, it's not rude -- politics doesn't interest me particularly per se, but the process of elections and the razzmatazz surrounding them, not to mention the endless lists of statistics, polls and comparisons, I find endlessly fascinating. Every time there's a general election in the UK I book the next day off work so I can stay up all night watching the results -- and I'm really cross that MFF wasn't held two weeks earlier this year so I could be there for your vote.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:November 4th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
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[grabs Greek dictionary]
[looks under psi]

η ψήφος: vote

Aha!
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:November 4th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
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That's me as well, didn't know what the word was for it, thanks.

I've been an "election-holic" (now a "psephoholic", but forgive me if I use the former term more, as I've been using it longer, and the latter is hard to pronounce, especially with my lisp) since I was 15 years old! I accompanied my parents to the voting locations when I was too young to vote (voting age here is 18 btw), and during provincial elections when the news would broadcast live from the provincial legislature (Winnipeg is the provincial capital) I'd be there to watch the coverage (I even have a tape from an election from about 15 years ago now of the news coverage that shows me in the background.) I stay up always watching the returns, provincial, civic, national, and even this election (my wife has got me interested) - despite that I have lots of work to do (CDs I want to burn, websites to update, and the parent council for my kids school meets tonight)
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From:maxgoof
Date:November 4th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
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I avoid situations where emotions run high and can go either way.

I plan to keep my radio and tv off this evening, just like I do when the Buckeyes are playing.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:November 4th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
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My newspaper today has a poll asking whether readers will miss having the election as a topic of conversation. I'll find out tomorrow what percentage said yes, but I expect it to be substantially less than 50.
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From:orv
Date:November 4th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
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I just want it to be over so I can stop fretting about it! I do enjoy the sport of politics, to a point, but I feel like there's so much at stake this time.
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From:octan
Date:November 5th, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
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I'm glad we're not going to have McCainBots calling us every five minutes anymore, and the campaign ads were obnoxious. But practicing drawing caricatures (sucky as they were) was fun; I'm going to miss rendering McCain's lumpy noggin in mechanical pencil.

I think to some extent it's going to be like Christmas afternoon to a lot of voters. Now that we have the cool toy we asked for, we're bored with it.
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From:akktri
Date:January 7th, 2009 08:15 am (UTC)

Junkies

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Well, people keep calling Shawn Hannity and Colmes and Glenn Beck and other guys to discuss the elections, so there have to be junkies other than talk show hosts.
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