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Embarrassing vote confessional thread

[ 136 ] November 6, 2012 |

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Everybody makes mistakes. Maybe you signed your best friend’s high school yearbook with Teddy R’s In the Arena speech, or bought the Knack’s first album on eight track, or married a charming sociopath with a drug problem, or ordered the invasion of a Middle Eastern country on the basis of a pack of transparent lies. Hey that’s why pencils have erasers . . .

Anyway almost everyone has at least one vote they’ve cast that is similarly cringe-worthy. I’ll start:

1980 presidential election. My college roommate voted for Barry Commoner (he is now a subscriber to the National Review). I voted for Ed Clark. What can I say, I was young and stupid. I’m glad to report I’m no longer young.

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  1. Wido Incognitus says:

    You also voted for a Koch brother for Vice President.

  2. I voted for John Anderson, and I can’t remember why. It must have been meant as some sort of gesture.

  3. Tom Hilton says:

    Barry Commoner, 1980. I was 19, and Selective Service registration was the dealbreaker issue for me (I never did register, by the way).

  4. advocatethis says:

    I was going to say that my most embarrassing vote also was for Ed Clark in a 1980, but then when talking to a student about my first time, it dawned on me that I may have voted yes on Proposition 13 in 1978.

    I am so sorry.

  5. Big Al says:

    Although I was too young to vote for Nixon, I did in 1981 write a Slate/TNR-worthy contrarian term paper for a high school sociology class that was quite sympathetic to Nixon. I seem to recall the thesis being that he was “misunderstood” Truly shameful, even at that time and at my tender age.

    I have never voted for a republican in a national election, so at least I have that going for me.

  6. actor212 says:

    Maybe you signed your best friend’s high school yearbook with Teddy R’s In the Arena speech, or bought the Knack’s first album on eight track, or married a charming sociopath with a drug problem, or ordered the invasion of a Middle Eastern country on the basis of a pack of transparent lies.

    My editor promised that the proofs of my autobriography were secure!

  7. Bitter Scribe says:

    Rod Blagojevich. Twice.

    What really makes me pissed at myself is that I’d met his second Republican opponent and liked her (wrote a newspaper profile of her when she was elected to the legislature). But I couldn’t bring myself to vote for her because I was afraid her much-vaunted “frugality” would translate to mean penny-pinching on Medicaid and other programs for the vulnerable.

    Hey, Actor–how come you never hang around S,N! anymore?

    • AuRevoirGopher says:

      I voted Blago not twice, but thrice, in the primary and both general elections.

    • Royko says:

      I voted for him 3 times: House once and governor twice. In the first one, I was a low-information voter, plain and simple. In the second one, I liked some of his rhetoric and was excited to have someone from my district moving up.

      But yeah, by that second gubernatorial election, I should have known better, and like you, I just didn’t pull the lever for Topinka (who seemed decent) because I was afraid she’d cut too much.

  8. Jberardi says:

    I lost my electoral virginity to Nadir back in 2000. It was Massachusetts so it didn’t matter, but still…

  9. M. Bouffant says:

    Never voted for a Republican in my life. McGovern in ’72 onward, until this yr.; Orly Taitz for U.S. Senate (Just for fun!) & whoever’s running against Dianne Feinstein ’cause DiFi is no good.

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