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Re: the recent U.S. party conventions ...

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I'm aware, but didn't follow.
  7664 votes / 38%
I didn't watch, but kept on convention news.
  3102 votes / 15%
I watched just a bit of one or both of them.
  2915 votes / 14%
I watched a fair amount of one or both of them.
  1374 votes / 6%
I watched all I could of one or both of them.
  473 votes / 2%
I was at one or both of them, happily.
44 votes / 0%
I was at one or both of them, in protest, etc.
92 votes / 0%
Did these "conventions" have free food?!
  4089 votes / 20%
19752 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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Re: the recent U.S. party conventions ...

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  • Possible? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Sparticus789 (2625955) on Thursday September 06, 2012 @12:51PM (#41249855) Journal

    Is there any way to mod a poll as flamebait? This one is going to take off.

    • by magarity (164372)

      Is there any way to mod a poll as flamebait? This one is going to take off.

      In all fairness the poll is simply about watching them. A flamebait poll would ask which had better speakers, etc.

  • by Gonoff (88518) on Thursday September 06, 2012 @12:58PM (#41249961)
    The US population is about 4% of humanity. Just like the current Chinese leadership reshuffles, I keep aware of it. I wonder if it is any more democratically relevant.
  • by Nova Express (100383) <> on Thursday September 06, 2012 @01:10PM (#41250153) Homepage Journal

    And followed the news, posting some commentary and clips on my political blog []. I also followed along on Twitter [].

    However, at the same time, I was attending the World Science Fiction Convention [] in Chicago, which I covered on my other blog []. And I took a lot of pictures I posted to my Facebook page.

    It was a busy week.

  • What do I care? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by CubicleZombie (2590497) on Thursday September 06, 2012 @01:26PM (#41250437)
    The primary is the election where you vote for the person. The general election is where you vote for the party, and most people have already made their decision.

    And in this case, the media chose Romney a long time ago. Seeing Romney and Paul as the only choices on my primary ballot was comical (in a not so funny way). Now I know how all the liberals felt during Bush vs. Kerry. This November, I'm going from the poll straight to the bar to drink away my sorrow.
    • You might consider going to the bar before the poll. It might make voting a bit more entertaining...

    • Seeing Romney and Paul as the only choices on my primary ballot was comical (in a not so funny way).

      It sounds like you have chosen a party which isn't interested in what you want and makes no attempts to put forth candidates who represent your political beliefs.

      If a party failed to represent my interests, I would cease to be a member of that party. Your brand loyalty is commendable. Not everyone would put loyalty above their own politics and their own self-interest, sacrificing individual's desires to hel

  • Too busy watching the "man behind the curtain"... That's where the real action is.

  • No. Just no. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by miltonw (892065) on Thursday September 06, 2012 @01:44PM (#41250697)
    Politics today has about as much of a relation to reality as a Roadrunner cartoon. The more you listen to politicians, the further you get from reality, logic and sanity.
  • by tsa (15680) on Thursday September 06, 2012 @02:05PM (#41251035) Homepage

    We have elections here in the Netherlands next week, so I follow the dances of both the Dutch and the American politicians. They both behave in the same way. They mainly tell you how stupid and backwards the other candidates are, and they promise the world to you without telling you how they will achieve that. Extremely boring and tedious. I think they are all amateurs so I had a hard time to choose the least bad one.

    • by wvmarle (1070040)

      At least in the Netherlands you have more choices than two. And the differences between the parties are bigger (especially thanks to the presence of all those fringe parties).

      Going to be a fun election and interesting time ahead. Let's see whether they can break Belgium's record of longest formation.

  • Libertarian? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by gman003 (1693318) on Thursday September 06, 2012 @02:27PM (#41251361)

    I didn't bother following any of the recent conventions, because my mind was already made up. Obama's treating the Bill of Rights as a list of things to demolish, and Romney would be even worse.

    The Libertarian convention was months ago, and they picked Gary Johnson as their candidate. He comes across as a slightly more awkward, slightly more reasonable Ron Paul - although I disagree with many of his positions (going back to the gold standard, for instance), the things we disagree on he recognizes are mostly Libertarian ideals and that he will focus on the more immediate problems (he wants a balanced budget IMMEDIATELY).

    It's a rather sad state of affairs when a self-described "small government socialist" finds the party that closest matches his ideals is the Libertarian Party, but that's America for you.

  • Missing Option (Score:5, Informative)

    by camperdave (969942) on Thursday September 06, 2012 @02:37PM (#41251517) Journal
    Missing option: Was not aware and don't really care... but it does explain all the political hubbub on the news as I'm clicking by.
  • PARTY! (Score:5, Funny)

    by Captain Spam (66120) on Thursday September 06, 2012 @02:37PM (#41251531) Homepage

    Wooooo! Yeah, bro, I'll totally be at the party! What's the party about, bro? It's... oh.

    • by ackthpt (218170)

      Wooooo! Yeah, bro, I'll totally be at the party! What's the party about, bro? It's... oh.

      The thing to do, if you are a delegate, is go party on other people's money and then show up for the vote. I figure most of them do this, in both parties, anyway.

    • Re:PARTY! (Score:5, Insightful)

      by T.E.D. (34228) on Thursday September 06, 2012 @04:32PM (#41253187)
      Just follow Bill Clinton around, and it will probably work for you.
  • We already know all we need to, thanks to interwebs and instant reporting of primary results by news outlets trying to be the first with the breaking news. Further, the primaries are moving up to earlier in the year, so the next campaign starts the day after the election, effectively. Nobody is telling us anything we don't know at the conventions. They're like future reruns. Boring.

  • I made an active (but unsuccessful) effort to avoid hearing anything about them.

  • I've read six or seven articles about them, so I think I may technically be slightly more than just "aware" of them. OTOH, I wouldn't say I entirely "kept up on" convention news, particularly considering all of the articles I read about the conventions were written by a humor columnist (specifically, Dave Barry; I also recently read his series of a dozen or so articles on the 2012 Olympics).

    I did watch a few minutes of Eastwood's speech, because Barry claimed that it was a good speech, so I thought it migh
  • "What are these "conventions" of which you speak?

    • by ArsonSmith (13997)

      It's similar to Comic book conventions although the costumes are different. And comic book conventions have speeches based more in reality.

  • by ThorGod (456163) on Friday September 07, 2012 @03:20PM (#41265001) Journal

    After their long, drawn out primary full of corporate appeasers, I'm through listening to the Republican talking points. They never change their stances, it's always:

    Republican Talking Points:
    -Reduce taxes.
    -Make unions, abortion, gay marriage (of any form), and anything else that might empower or reinforce the personal liberties of the citizenry illegal.
    -Proclaim the Dems guilty of whatever the Repubs are responsible for creating/doing/passing. (The great depression we're currently swimming around/out of? That was Clinton's fault before it was Obama's fault.)

    You must remember that it was a Republican, Joe Wilson, who interrupted a President during a Presidential Address to a joint session of the Congress on the State of the Union for the FIRST TIME IN US HISTORY. His "you lie" is a very appalling epitome of the numerous misconducts committed by the Republicans in the last 4 years. His example can not be forgotten. The entire Republican party is damned by the likes of Wilson and other elected Republican officials who are guilty of gross disrespect of the US Presidency.

    So, I'm done listening to the Republicans and didn't bother to watch their convention. I have listened to them enough, already, to fully comprehend their positions and policies on anything and everything I'm interested in knowing.

    But I did watch the Democratic convention. Unfortunately, they didn't go through a 2 year long primary so the media haven't spent 2 years discussing each and every Democratic platform policy. But I can tell you this:

    President Obama has:
    -Passed healthcare reform through the house, senate, *and* the judiciary. This reform mandates personal healthcare coverage. It also mandates insurance companies insure every part of a person's health, there are no pre-existing conditions anymore. There are other changes, but those are the two that the Republicans have pointed out most often.

    -Killed Osama Bin Laden.

    -Ended the war in Iraq and reduced the US presence in Afghanistan.
    --Overseen ever increasing use of military "drones" to combat terrorists.

    -Passed at least 2 major Keynesian-style stimulus bills.

    -Shutdown the Yucca Mountain Project. (I don't agree with his doing this. But it was a 2008 campaign promise, and I respect his living up to his word so markedly.)

    -Created at least one economic regulatory commission.

    -Handled the worst oil spill in the history of the US (Deep Sea Horizon).

    -Reinforced the rebels in Libya in their overthrow of a dictator via direct and international cooperation.

    -All the other things I've forgotten.

  • by dfn5 (524972) on Sunday September 09, 2012 @09:01PM (#41284089) Journal
    "I was at one or both of them, as a storm trooper"

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long


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