It’s probably just confirmation bias, but lately I’ve noticed that when I see a car with a campaign bumper sticker, it’s likely that they’re going to do something to piss me off. On the way home from work today, I was behind two left-lane bandits who thought they were entitled to live in the passing lane because they were going exactly the speed limit. One had an Obama sticker right in the middle of the rear window, surely improving visibility. And the douchebag in the pickup had a McCain sticker right on his giant chrome bumper.
The way I see it, trying to promote a message while simultaneously engaging in behavior sure to piss off the recipients of that message is a bit counterproductive. Don’t turn yourself into a rolling advertisement and then work to do a disservice to your candidate by being an idiot.
As far as the presidential election goes, my vote appears to be especially valuable this year. I’m an undecided voter in the all-important swing state of Ohio. Hell, if things get crazy enough, I could single-handedly decide this year’s election with my one up-in-the-air vote. And what have I decided to do with that serious civic commitment? I’ve decided to cast my vote for the candidate whose vehicular supporters piss me off the least in the next month.
Everytime I catch a driver doing something moronic on the road, and that driver has a campaign bumper sticker, their candidate gets a point. If it’s especially dangerous behaviour (based on my sole discretion), that’s a bonus point. If the driver is on a cell phone while doing it, that’s also a bonus point. Whoever has the fewest points on Nov 4th gets my vote.
So there you go…the fate of the world depends on the good behavior of Ohio drivers. Wow…when you put it that way, I think we’re fucked.