With the 2012 election cycle in full swing it can be easy to forget about the smaller races, such as those going on for the state senates. Of course, most of those clashes would be pretty forgettable anyway even without a major political confrontation brewing on the national stage. This is boring, boring stuff at the best of times, which means we’re overdue for one side to do something really stupid.
Such as this attack flyer recently mailed-out by the GOP in Maine against Democratic candidate Colleen Lachowicz. Platform? Issues? Values? Nah! Naturally, they go after her tweets. About her World of Warcraft character. Obviously.
I swear on my pretty floral bonnet that this is the real, undoctored image. You can also find it on the Maine GOP’s website if you’re still doubtful.
That is not what “DPS” means. But nevermind that.
Memo to the GOP: People play games sometimes. It’s a perfectly normal pastime for a grown adult to have in this, the 21st century. Being able to distinguish reality from fantasy is something everyone learns to do, usually before they learn their times tables, and certainly long before running for political office. Going after someone for their Warcraft hobby would be akin to politicians in the 80s and 90s attacking each other over their favourite television shows, or their musical tastes in the 70s.
The smell of desperation here is more likely to earn eyerolls than votes, but hey, if that’s how the GOP in Maine want to play it, then I wish them the best of luck in their future endeavours. I’m sure the thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours they spend on the putting green is all well spent and completely in-line with the lives of their constituents.
On the other hand, maybe Republicans do play World of Warcraft; they just all roll Alliance characters and this is the inevitable result of those battles spilling out into the real world. Or, it’s a predictable anti-Horde, anti-Orc sentiment. Racists.
Source: arstechnica / Image: Elsinne’s Blog