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10th Dec '17 12:38:43 PM lakingsif
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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.

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* In the ''Series/BlackMirror'' season two episode "[[Series/BlackMirrorSeriesTwo The Waldo Moment]]", "Recap/BlackMirrorTheWaldoMoment", 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.
11th Oct '17 2:58:39 AM Morgenthaler
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4th Oct '17 9:36:01 AM AnotherDuck
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* Averted in political sciences that employ the term of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second-order_election second-order elections]] for elections where's supposedly less at stake and wherein voting behavior actually differs considerably from first-order elections which are mostly national legislative and presidential elections.
16th Sep '17 10:12:14 PM marcoasalazarm
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--> Vote or die, motherfucker, motherfucker, vote or die!//
Rock the vote or else I'm gonna stick a knife through your eye.//
Democracy is founded on one simple rule!//
Get out there and vote or I will motherfucking kill you!

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--> Vote or die, motherfucker, motherfucker, vote or die!//
die!
-->
Rock the vote or else I'm gonna stick a knife through your eye.//
eye.
-->
Democracy is founded on one simple rule!//
rule:
-->
Get out there and vote or I will motherfucking kill you!
16th Sep '17 10:11:15 PM marcoasalazarm
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--> Rock the vote or else I'm gonna stick a knife through your eye.//
--> Democracy is founded on one simple rule!//
--> Get out there and vote or I will motherfucking kill you!

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--> Rock the vote or else I'm gonna stick a knife through your eye.//
--> Democracy is founded on one simple rule!//
--> Get out there and vote or I will motherfucking kill you!
16th Sep '17 10:07:30 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' had elections for dog catcher between Rocko (who wants more fair treatment for the dogs) and Ed Bighead (who is afraid that Rocko would let the town go to the dogs, literally). Through mudslinging tactics and an image makeover (basically adding shoulder pads on him), Ed wins the election, only thanks to new legislation, the job of dog catcher gets reduced to "glorified pooper-scooper".

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* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' had elections for dog catcher between Rocko (who wants more fair treatment for the dogs) and Ed Bighead (who is afraid that Rocko would let the town go to the dogs, literally).literally, and makes it no secret he will use his authority to be cruel to all the dogs and ''especially'' Rocko's pet Spunky). Through mudslinging tactics and an image makeover (basically adding shoulder pads on him), Ed wins the election, only thanks to new legislation, the job of dog catcher gets reduced to "glorified pooper-scooper".



--> Vote or die, motherfucker, motherfucker, vote or die!
--> Rock the vote or else I'm gonna stick a knife through your eye.
--> Democracy is founded on one simple rule!
--> Get out there and vote or I will motherfucking kill you.

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--> Vote or die, motherfucker, motherfucker, vote or die!
die!//
--> Rock the vote or else I'm gonna stick a knife through your eye.
eye.//
--> Democracy is founded on one simple rule!
rule!//
--> Get out there and vote or I will motherfucking kill you.you!
3rd Jun '17 10:08:00 AM Gamermaster
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* The student council election arc of ''Manga/KaguyaSamaWaKokurasetai'' has everyone take their positions a little too seriously (up to and including acts of ''industrial espionage''). Shirogane ends up looking like a giant and threatening obstacle in the race, while Kaguya strong-arms and intimidates any potential threat to Shirogane's victory.
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6th May '17 3:17:41 AM BroadwayPhil
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* ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow'' gets into it in the tenth episode of the series, "The President". Patty and Cathy are talked into running for president of the Girls' League, an organization at their high school. The ensuing campaign comes complete with mudslinging and the cousins stealing both voters and campaign ideas from each other.
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.
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