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  • Very emotionally invested

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  • Somewhat emotionally invested

    2 6.25%
  • Mildly emotionally invested

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  • Not emotionally invested at all

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Thread: How emotionally invested are you in the 2012 Presidential election?

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    How emotionally invested are you in the 2012 Presidential election?

    One thing I really enjoy is monitoring the developments of our political goings on, chatting it up with others, debating the issues, etc. Its really like following sports. What ruins it for me and probably others as well is when people become so emotionally invested in the outcome of their team willing they turn what should be fun into something comparable to bi-polar disorder breakdowns.

    I remember back in 2008. It was one of the most exciting elections of our lifetimes on several levels: the first female to seriously contend for the White House, the first African American and a legitimate American hero. Then exciting zany stuff like a running mate making the craziest gaffes ever, an embarrassing pastor of one candidate and another candidate breaking down into tears on television because she thought it was in the bag and though all she had to do was show up and take the oath of office. Then all the damage control. Better than any movie for sure. Then you want to talk about it with friends, in person and online, and all many can do is go completely postal because their candidate isn't in the lead. I've seen friends lose their minds at lunch fearing the next thing was plates were going flying across the room. I was on a discussion board where the moderators started banning any and everyone who didn't wholeheartedly support the side they wanted to see elected for reasons they even admitted were enforced based upon a double standard. Absolutely mental stuff.

    Just curious. How invested are you emotionally in the outcome of the election? There is probably no way to get accurate answers since almost everybody would probably think they're completely level headed and although they have a preference they get that he might not win and that's just part of how American politics works. I guess the best way to know if you're the emotionally invested type is do people who might not agree with you enjoy talking politics with you and/or at your job does it help you get along with others if you don't mention anything about politics at the water cooler.
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    Re: How emotionally invested are you in the 2012 Presidential election?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    One thing I really enjoy is monitoring the developments of our political goings on, chatting it up with others, debating the issues, etc. Its really like following sports. What ruins it for me and probably others as well is when people become so emotionally invested in the outcome of their team willing they turn what should be fun into something comparable to bi-polar disorder breakdowns.

    I remember back in 2008. It was one of the most exciting elections of our lifetimes on several levels: the first female to seriously contend for the White House, the first African American and a legitimate American hero. Then exciting zany stuff like a running mate making the craziest gaffes ever, an embarrassing pastor of one candidate and other breaking down into tears on television because she thought it was in the bag and though all she had to do was show up and take the oath of office. Then all the damage control. Better than any movie for sure. Then you want to talk about it with friends, in person and online, and all many can do is go completely postal because their candidate isn't in the lead. I've seen friends lose their minds at lunch fearing the next thing was plates were going flying across the room. I was on a discussion board where the moderators started banning any and everyone who didn't wholeheartedly support the side they wanted to see elected for reasons they even admitted were enforced based upon a double standard. Absolutely mental stuff.

    Just curious. How invested are you emotionally in the outcome of the election? There is probably no way to get accurate answers since almost everybody would probably think they're completely level headed and although they have a preference they get that he might not win and that's just part of how American politics works. I guess the best way to know if you're the emotionally invested type is do people who might not agree with you enjoy talking politics with you and/or at your job does it help you get along with others if you don't mention anything about politics at the water cooler.
    I can only compare this year with 2008. In 2008, I was Mad Woman -- as in crazy nutz. I was angry that McCain picked Palin . . . then angry that she was skewered on a stick . . . pissed off that Obama was so damned condescending and smug in his debates with McCain . . . mad at the Republican Party for putting up what I finally came to see as a longshot ticket. And I didn't want Obama to win -- I'd say I was more invested in that election than in any time in my life.

    This one? I'm resigned that Obama will win. The power of encumbancy is so great that I don't think a "Romney" has a chance. The Republican Party needed to put up a hero. And I guess we don't have one this cycle.
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    Re: How emotionally invested are you in the 2012 Presidential election?

    Emotionally?

    0 - not a bit emotionally.

    I avoid basing my political votes on emotional issues.
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    Re: How emotionally invested are you in the 2012 Presidential election?

    Zero...probably not gonna vote in the Presidential race this year. It's Congress that's the real problem.
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    Re: How emotionally invested are you in the 2012 Presidential election?

    Only in as much as my frustration continues to mount at the petty character assassinations on both sides and the lack of focus on issues.

    Otherwise, hardly.
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    Re: How emotionally invested are you in the 2012 Presidential election?

    Somewhat emotionally invested.

    If you're not emotional at all, you come off as cold, and people don't like that. It makes you seem like a computer.

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    Re: How emotionally invested are you in the 2012 Presidential election?

    Emotion?

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    Re: How emotionally invested are you in the 2012 Presidential election?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daktoria View Post
    Somewhat emotionally invested.

    If you're not emotional at all, you come off as cold, and people don't like that. It makes you seem like a computer.
    Or an egotistical self centered dumb**** which I strive to avoid in my life. LOL
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    Re: How emotionally invested are you in the 2012 Presidential election?

    I'm not really emotionally invested, but I am mentally invested to the extent that I care about the future stability of the country, and our ability to remain solvent and economically viable. For the past 12 years, I've seen us go from a collectively sensible population (for the most part), to a highly anxiety-ridden nation, and it doesn't bode well for us imo.
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    Re: How emotionally invested are you in the 2012 Presidential election?

    Quote Originally Posted by aunt spiker View Post
    or an egotistical self centered dumb**** which i strive to avoid in my life. Lol
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