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Today was just a normal day. I got up a little late for work, showered, and then jumped on my computer to scan email and Twitter before getting in my car. That's when it hit me. Apparently I'm supposed to make history today. Eesh, why didn't anyone warn me?

As many of you know, I moderate a Nintendo forum. This is a challenging task because so many individuals get personally committed to a certain platform to the point of making illogical arguments against the competitor. We constantly have to lock threads and diffuse personal attacks all centered around this silly basis. In the game journalism field (is it really a field?) we call this being a "fanboy." Coming from this background has made me view this election as a similar joke.

So many tweets this morning come from people being extremely excited about supposedly making history today. Really? This has been one of the most partisan elections of all time, at least based on the information presented to the voters by each election machine and the press. The democratic candidate wants bigger government programs and to withdraw troops internationally. The republican candidate wants to stop wasteful spending and win the war. I could have been living in a box for the last three years with no idea who John McCain or Barack Obama is, and still make an educated voting decision. That depresses me to no end.

Like the rest of the world, I thought this would be a historical election about eight months ago. McCain was historically a middle of the road politician. Obama was billed as this young buck who wanted to shake things up. Fast forward to now, and everyone is just arguing over the same traditionally unsolvable debates, with all involved falling in line with their political party viewpoints. Does it really take a genius to see that compromise is the only way to solve anything?

I don't think it does, and I don't think either candidate is oblivious to it. The fact of the matter is that the election machines of both camps believe that most voters of this country require an extreme viewpoint to get them to pull a lever at all. Based on what I've seen of people, I'm not sure I could disagree with them and I think that's the most depressing part of all. However, this country has thrived for some 200 years based around this very system, so how can I really fault it? Why on earth have I never truly been behind a presidential candidate then? As each election that I have been able to vote in approached, my desire to vote lessened to the point of indifference. This year the liberal half of the see-saw is on its way up. Conservatives shouldn't fret though. As with any good playground toy, their time on top is just a matter of waiting their turn.

This been-said-a-million-times-before post is brought to you by the letter 'P'.

Fanboy picture is from the great kids show, Freakazoid.
By Mike on November 4, 2008 at 10:42am EST Topic(s): politics presidential election mccain obama

thehipphan I just wrote a big post and it didn't post. Now I am as depressed as Pale.
11/4/2008 at 3:57pm EST
Mike Aw... hopefully it wasn't a "Your opinions suck Pale!" response.

11/4/2008 at 4:20pm EST
thehipphan It was more of an "I'm a fanboy and here is why". Very articulate, never to be seen again. :(
11/4/2008 at 4:28pm EST
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