History Main / AllElectionsAreSeriousBusiness

4th Apr '17 7:34:04 PM kquinn0830
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* PlayedWith on the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode Intro to Political Science. While Jeff and Annie treat it seriously, with Jeff using the style over substance of real politicians while Annie is the only person in the room with ideas, no one else does. After Annie defeats Jeff by dragging out an embarrassing video of him and dropping out herself as she felt bad about it, the election comes down to Leonard blowing rasberries and Magnitude saying Pop Pop to everything. The winner is South Park with seven out of eleven votes.

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* PlayedWith on the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode Intro to Political Science. While Jeff and Annie treat it seriously, with Jeff using the style over substance of real politicians while Annie is the only person in the room with ideas, no one else does. After Annie defeats Jeff by dragging out an embarrassing video of him and dropping out herself as she felt bad about it, the election comes down to Leonard blowing rasberries and Magnitude saying Pop Pop to everything. The winner is South Park ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' (yes the TV Show) with seven out of eleven votes.
30th Mar '17 2:19:36 AM DoctorNemesis
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* A second-season episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'' deals with the midterm congressional elections which actually ''are'' important, but President Bartlet instead obsesses over a race in his hometown in New Hampshire where the conservative he beat in his very first election to the House of Representatives is running for a school board seat. He goes as far as having polling done and wants to comment about it to the press before CJ talks him down.

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* A second-season episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'' deals with the midterm congressional elections which actually ''are'' important, but President Bartlet instead obsesses over a race in his hometown in New Hampshire where the conservative he beat in his very first election to the House of Representatives is running for a school board seat. He goes as far as having polling done and wants to comment about it to the press before CJ talks him down. As with several other issues in the episode that the characters face, it's implied to be an attempt to deflect how he's feeing about the assassination attempt he experienced in previous episodes by over-focussing on something trivial.



* In the ''Series/BlackMirror'' season two episode "[[Series/BlackMirrorSeriesTwo The Waldo Moment]]", comedian/CGI puppeteer Jamie Salter is pushed into running in a by-election as Waldo, the profane character he portrays. Everybody on all sides regards the outcome as a given, they all know the Conservative party is going to win, but the Labor candidate recognizes that she will get her name out in the press for the ''next'' election, and Waldo become an internet sensation. The entire election degenerates into a complete media farce.

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* In the ''Series/BlackMirror'' season two episode "[[Series/BlackMirrorSeriesTwo The Waldo Moment]]", comedian/CGI puppeteer Jamie Salter is pushed into running in a by-election as Waldo, the profane character he portrays. Everybody on all sides regards the outcome as a given, they all know the Conservative party is going to win, but the Labor candidate recognizes that she will get her name out in the press for the ''next'' election, and Waldo become an internet sensation. The entire election degenerates into a complete media farce. Played with, however, in that the Conservative candidate -- [[{{Jerkass}} while a bit of a pompous dick]] -- [[JerkassHasAPoint is not entirely wrong]] to point out that while this might be a small by-election, Waldo's antics are making a mockery of and potentially undermining democracy, thus making it an ''actual'' serious business.
30th Dec '16 6:06:58 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* A second-season episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'' deals with the midterm congressional elections which actually ''are'' important, but President Bartlet instead obsesses over a race in his hometown in New Hampshire where the conservative he beat in his very first election to the House of Representatives is running for a school board seat. He goes as far as having polling done and wants to comment about it to the press before CJ talks him down. '

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* A second-season episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'' deals with the midterm congressional elections which actually ''are'' important, but President Bartlet instead obsesses over a race in his hometown in New Hampshire where the conservative he beat in his very first election to the House of Representatives is running for a school board seat. He goes as far as having polling done and wants to comment about it to the press before CJ talks him down. '
10th Nov '16 7:09:33 AM nighttrainfm
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* The Student President election in one episode of ''Series/KirbyBuckets'' - especially for Fish, who turns into "a political werewolf" at the mere mention of elections. He eventually develops an entire separate personality who urges him to "[[TakeThat make Forest Hills High great gain]]". The position itself [[RealityEnsues turns out to be meaningless]], its only power being to pardon students.
9th Nov '16 9:12:37 AM JBK405
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%%* Played very straight in "The Casual Vacancy".

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%%* Played very straight * In ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', as the group passes through California they are swept up in "The Casual Vacancy". a series of political demonstrations that evolve into outright brawls between factions. They wonder what high political office such enthusiasm must reflect, and are shocked when they learn that it is only for the position of Justice of the Peace.


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* In the ''Series/BlackMirror'' season two episode "[[Series/BlackMirrorSeriesTwo The Waldo Moment]]", comedian/CGI puppeteer Jamie Salter is pushed into running in a by-election as Waldo, the profane character he portrays. Everybody on all sides regards the outcome as a given, they all know the Conservative party is going to win, but the Labor candidate recognizes that she will get her name out in the press for the ''next'' election, and Waldo become an internet sensation. The entire election degenerates into a complete media farce.
29th Jul '16 11:06:12 AM WillKeaton
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* Subverted in Literature/TheBelgariad: ''Nobody'' takes the Sendarian election seriously, least of all the candidates. Everyone thinks it is a ridiculous way to choose a king, and they ends up with a dynasty of quite good rulers who don't take themselves too seriously. Further details: The election requires that a candidate have a simple majority of the popular vote. Unfortunately, there are 724 candidates on the first ballot. Rather than have a runoff election between a fixed number of the more popular candidates, the Sendarians simply have another election, with every candidate who didn't choose to withdraw still on the ballot. This process repeats for 6 years and 22 ballots, ultimately resulting in the election of King Fundor the Magnificent, a rutabaga farmer who has been nominated by his neighbors, has not spent a single moment in those six years actively campaigning, and who honestly thought that they had pulled him off the ballot years before.

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* Subverted in Literature/TheBelgariad: ''Literature/TheBelgariad'': ''Nobody'' takes the Sendarian election seriously, least of all the candidates. Everyone thinks it is a ridiculous way to choose a king, and they ends up with a dynasty of quite good rulers who don't take themselves too seriously. Further details: The election requires that a candidate have a simple majority of the popular vote. Unfortunately, there are 724 candidates on the first ballot. Rather than have a runoff election between a fixed number of the more popular candidates, the Sendarians simply have another election, with every candidate who didn't choose to withdraw still on the ballot. This process repeats for 6 years and 22 ballots, ultimately resulting in the election of King Fundor the Magnificent, a rutabaga farmer who has been nominated by his neighbors, has not spent a single moment in those six years actively campaigning, and who honestly thought that they had pulled him off the ballot years before.



* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' has the episode where Johnny and Carl run for litter commissioner - Johnny [[CasanovaWannabe trying to pick ladies with it, of course]]. Though the serious business included WackyHijinks such the inclusion of a pie as a candidate after a man answers an opinion poll with "I like pie!". Johnny win, however since he doesn't understand or care about his job in the least his first order of business is to have a huge parade in his honour that covers the city in confetti, which he's forced to clean up by those same girls he was trying to win.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' has the episode where Johnny and Carl run for litter commissioner - Johnny [[CasanovaWannabe trying to pick ladies with it, of course]]. Though the serious business included WackyHijinks wacky hijinks such the inclusion of a pie as a candidate after a man answers an opinion poll with "I like pie!". Johnny win, however since he doesn't understand or care about his job in the least his first order of business is to have a huge parade in his honour that covers the city in confetti, which he's forced to clean up by those same girls he was trying to win.
12th Apr '16 9:30:29 AM Roach
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* Hinted at in one episode of ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In ''Murder in the Electric Cathedral'' the son of the murder victim threatens the DA that - should he not get acting soon - he would see to it that the DA "won't even be elected dog-catcher next spring."
22nd Mar '16 9:25:22 AM MegaMarioMan
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* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' had Frankie tired of how Herriman ran the home, so she decided to run for the job. Bloo joins the campaign because - well, [[AttentionWhore just because.]] Herriman, realizing that he couldn't win against Frankie on his own, makes a deal with Bloo to give up the race and become his campaign manager, and together launch a vicious smear campaign against Frankie. The election results with [[spoiler:Frankie winning, but then giving the job back to Herriman after seeing him miserable as a supermarket bag boy. THe pay being less than her old job and the bonus being carrots helped.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' had Frankie tired of how Herriman ran the home, so she decided to run for the job. Bloo joins the campaign because - well, [[AttentionWhore just because.]] Herriman, realizing that he couldn't win against Frankie on his own, makes a deal with Bloo to give up the race and become his campaign manager, and together launch a vicious smear campaign against Frankie. The election results with [[spoiler:Frankie winning, but then giving the job back to Herriman after seeing him miserable as a supermarket bag boy. THe The pay being less than her old job and the bonus being carrots helped.]]
1st Mar '16 7:01:58 AM TheUnknownUploader
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* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' had Frankie tired of how Herriman ran the home, so she decided to run for the job. Bloo joins the campaign because - well, [[AttentionWhore just because.]] Herriman, realizing that he couldn't win against Frankie on his own, makes a deal with Bloo to give up the race and become his campaign manager, and together launch a vicious smear campaign against Frankie. The election results with [[spoiler:Frankie winning, but then giving the job back to Herriman after seeing him miserable as a supermarket bag boy.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' had Frankie tired of how Herriman ran the home, so she decided to run for the job. Bloo joins the campaign because - well, [[AttentionWhore just because.]] Herriman, realizing that he couldn't win against Frankie on his own, makes a deal with Bloo to give up the race and become his campaign manager, and together launch a vicious smear campaign against Frankie. The election results with [[spoiler:Frankie winning, but then giving the job back to Herriman after seeing him miserable as a supermarket bag boy. THe pay being less than her old job and the bonus being carrots helped.]]
23rd Dec '15 3:18:23 PM Berber
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However, many works will play this absolutely straight, never acknowledging that student council elections are actually boring, mundane events or that students rarely care about the results. School settings that play this straight often contain an AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil to go along with this illusion. School settings that don't A common menial position played for laughs is a campaign for dog catcher, a play on the phrase "you couldn't get elected dog catcher!"

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However, many works will play this absolutely straight, never acknowledging that student council elections are actually boring, mundane events or that students rarely care about the results. School settings that play this straight often contain an AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil to go along with this illusion. School settings that don't A common menial position played for laughs is a campaign for dog catcher, a play on the phrase "you couldn't get elected dog catcher!"
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