Maine GOP Apparently Believes That Playing World Of Warcraft Makes You Unfit For Office

from the youth-vote? dept

The Republican Party often has trouble attracting younger voters. Perhaps they should try not attacking one of the most popular pastimes for those voters. According to an entertaining report at Ars Technica, the Maine Republican Party has gone after a Democratic candidate for State Senate, Colleen Lachowicz, by attacking the fact that she played World of Warcraft, pulling a bunch of forum quotes she made a few years ago, and taking them out of context -- such as her statement that "I love poisoning and stabbing. It is fun."
Tim Lee's writeup at Ars hits on exactly the right response:
Lachowicz uses salty language in some of the comments, but someone needs to sit the Maine GOP down and explain the difference between fantasy and reality. Every day, millions of people engage in simulated video game violence without committing any real-world violence. By suggesting a World of Warcraft hobby should disqualify someone for office—and implying that voters are too dumb to tell the difference between virtual and real violence—the party is only embarrassing itself.
Later, a spokesman tried to defend the flier, arguing that it raised questions about her work ethic. How? Well, state GOP spokesperson David Sorenson used "the number of hours most World of Warcraft gamers spend playing the game (22.7 per week, on average) and the number it must have taken her to reach such a high level" as some sort of proof that her work ethic is problematic. First of all, using the average amount of time someone plays WoW is meaningless in looking at how much any individual plays. Also, isn't achieving a high level a sign of a strong work ethic?

Once again, Lee's response is perfect:
It's worth noting that the average American watches more than 30 hours of television per week. Many other Americans spend their evenings and weekends at the golf course. Yet it's hard to imagine anyone suggesting that devoting 22 hours per week to those hobbies made a candidate too lazy to hold elected office.
I realize it's election season, and with that comes really, really dumb campaign ideas from nearly every political party and/or candidate, but it's difficult to see how this particular strategy is good for anyone -- especially if you want younger people to vote for you. The younger generation tends to respect and look up to gamer politicians. Attacking them for doing something that millions of people enjoy just doesn't seem particularly smart.


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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 5:24am

    Stupid GOP. DPS stands for Death Panel Services.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 5:33am

    in other words, there is someone else that the party wants and she is getting too close in the votes. the only choice left is to either discredit or ridicule her, or both, of course.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 5:39am

    I play WoW, a lot.

    Having looked at her Rogue (85 isn't the highest level anymore, nitpick), she was not spending 22+ hours a week playing. She's an extremely casual player, maybe a couple hours a week tops (if that).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 5:43am

    septic tank digger raking up the dirt

    this is why vote the person, not the party

     

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    Zakida Paul (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 5:48am

    *yawn*

    Another day, another GOP brain fart.

    Wake me when something new happens.

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 5:50am

    They worry she might be to busy to be bought off and pass bad laws.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 5:57am

    Clearly she is a lazy person though. This World of Warcraft character demonstrates it beyond a shadow of a doubt.

    I mean, she's playing an Assassination rogue. That's the easiest spec of the most cheap-sauce class in the game. What a lazy, lazy player.

    Now if she was playing a protection warrior or a healer or something though - that would be a different story.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 6:06am

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    This guy! He's never played an Arcane Mage!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 6:20am

    Reminds me of children in a playground. Somebody impose some adult supervision on the politicians.

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 6:29am

    *double facepalm*

    nuff said

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 6:32am

    Re:

    It is to late for them to learn that way, I suggest shock collars because being stupid should be painful. That way they learn to not do that again... that or we laugh as they keep getting shocked.

     

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    fogbugzd (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 6:32am

    So the GOP decided to help Lachowicz and Democrats win over the WoW players? How very thoughtful of them. There are a lot of independent voters who play, and now the GOP has made it clear to them that they are not welcome in the GOP. Brilliant.

     

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    relghuar, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 6:37am

    "the party is only embarrassing itself"

    No, it's not... it successfully finished embarrassing itself ad absurdum quite some time ago.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 6:42am

    So that's why Obama did so badly in the debate!

     

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    Mr. LemurBoy (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 6:51am

    I've been trying to think of something clever to say, but this kind of douchebaggery from the GOP just makes my head hurt.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 6:58am

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    That was more likely due to the fact that he's President and has other things on his mind.

     

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    Spike (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 7:08am

    If most of these morons in power actually lived in "Our World" over the current fantasy-land they currently live in, then "Our World" would be far better off.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 7:08am

    Can out of state people donate to her campaign?

     

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    Spike (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 7:10am

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    They cant even step into "Our World" before attacking someone else for playing WoW.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 7:14am

    I hear people in Iran play WoW too...

    Connect the dots, folks...

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 7:18am

    Re: Re:

    I'm pretty sure the dude's staying up too late playing video games. But I suspect he's more Call of Duty than WoW

     

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    Trails (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 7:21am

    Re:

    The debate might sound similar to this:
    http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/03/12

     

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    The eejit (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 7:30am

    Re:

    Hell, if they lived on Azeroth, they'd porobably have more basis in reality.

     

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    silverscarcat (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 7:30am

    Re:

    Yes.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 7:32am

    Well she lost my vote, because he plays Horde.

     

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    FormerAC (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 7:41am

    Copyright violation?

    Wonder if the GOP bothered to license the orc image they used?

     

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    BentFranklin (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 7:51am

    Re: Copyright violation?

    This.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 7:52am

    In this mindless and brutal battle of the Horde (Democrats) and the Alliance (Republicans) the innocent and pure assassin can only hope not to end in the USTR rogue players list. I say we need to raid those big evil villains but not in heroic mode, I still need that epic staff to boost my dps ;))

     

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    Josh in CharlotteNC (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 8:03am

    Maybe they're right

    I dunno, maybe the GOP is right.

    Seriously, I can't ever see myself voting for someone who plays WoW.

    I'm a gamer. I play MMOs. I spend a lot of my time gaming.

    But seriously, WoW? Don't want anything to do with that monstrosity of a poor excuse for a game.

    /gamer snob
    /sarcasm, in case you missed it

     

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    DataShade (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 8:10am

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    Whar long-form /played, Lachowicz? WHAR?!

     

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    Alto (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 8:20am

    It could be worse!

    I mean, she plays WoW, imagine if she was into Anarchy Online!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 8:20am

    Re: Re: Re:

    "I'm pretty sure the dude's staying up too late playing video games. But I suspect he's more Call of Duty than WoW"

    And he gets to play the real live version!

     

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    Docs, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 8:24am

    We need a 3rd option party for Azeroth!

     

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    Liz (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 8:25am

    I'm guessing the GOP in Maine play Alliance.

     

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    gorehound (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 8:26am

    GOP spokesperson David Sorenson wishing you could be sued or arrested over your slander.
    Next to the Nazi Party and Communist Party I put the GOP on my list of the Political Parties I truly hate.I can not stand these A-Holes.
    Everyone in this Nation must Vote this election and you must get your friends/family/fans to Vote.
    We must get this Disgusting Party out of our lives.
    The GOP = The Varren of Mass Effect.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 8:46am

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    The GOP is to the US is what the Muslim extremests are to the Middle East... they want to turn the clock back and take you back to the Middle Ages!

     

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    The New Leroy?, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 9:08am

    COLLEEEEEEEN LAAACHOOOWICZ

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 9:15am

    Re:

    Badly? I think it went as planned. Perfectly even. Hold back, offer very few openings, draw out the views, plans and opinions of the opposition, concede a perceived position of strength and comfort and offer little in the way of challenges and contention apart from ensuring your own statements, stances and facts are communicated. Brilliant. The hunt for red November.

     

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    Joel (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 9:41am

    What is this, the Breakfast Club?

    This is just another case of the Sportos harshing on the Neo-maxi-zoom-dweebies. I'll bet nobody in the GOP has EVER participated in FANTASY footbal.

    Wait, that's a total GOP-ethic pasttime: let the ones at the top (professinoal ball players) excel while those with no atheltic ability sit on their asses and somehow get ahead (with pretend points).

    Now, it makes sense!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 9:45am

    Re: Re:

    I'd like to think it was planned that way... or maybe like a smart boxer he's saving his best punches for the last couple of rounds, because those are the ones that stick in the minds of the judges.

     

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    tjnolin, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 10:03am

    worst character flaw?

    She should be someone for my coworkers from Maine to vote for. Particularly if some time spent on a game was the worst character flaw they could find in her.

     

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    Almost Anonymous (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 10:05am

    Dangerous ground

    Sounds like the GOP is treading dangerously close to the crime of "blackening the memory of one who is dead". One of our recently killed diplomats in Libya was an Eve Online player. Are they suggesting he was lazy or unfit for his post?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 10:13am

    according to this link.
    http://www.reddit.com/r/wow/comments/10xr8s/maine_republican_party_launches_attack_ad_against /

    Blizzard formally gave notice for this infringement

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 10:25am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    The live version sucks. Once you're dead the game's over forever.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 10:42am

    Re:

    Goddamn it man what did you have to go and say that? Sigh now I feel like a nerd for finding this so funny.

    It's like when I see honey boo boo on TLC I can just feel my IQ dropping. "However after reading this I feel my Nerd-Q rising."

    Long live Booger!

     

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    H Klang (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 10:57am

    Take a look at her brutal-looking Orc avatar. Looks like she's got what it takes
    to handle herself in the Senate.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 11:15am

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    The GOP is downsizing the party. The big tent had too many different kinds of people in it and it made the uncomfortable.

     

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    Bergman (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 11:40am

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    Well, it could be worse. She could be playing a Hunter.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 11:48am

    Re: Dangerous ground

    This tack the GOP is taking is stupid as hell, but if "blackening the memory of one who is dead" was a crime there would be a lot more people in prison, and you're reallllly stretching trying to equate the EVE player with this lady too.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 11:49am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Psh, not when you're driving the drones!

    It's just that respawning costs a couple million bucks.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 1:28pm

    Re: Re: Dangerous ground

    It -is- a crime in at least one country...

     

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    Ferel (profile), Oct 5th, 2012 @ 2:08pm

    I don't want to live on this planet anymore. /Farnsworth

    *Takes a Naaru ship to Azeroth*

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 2:13pm

    Re:

    A bent for poisoning and stabbing should serve her well.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 2:16pm

    Next thing you know, it's OMG! She's a witch!!!!

     

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    Anonymous., Oct 5th, 2012 @ 2:24pm

    Re:

    The other big party's no better. The Republicrats and the Demopubs both suck.
    "Everyone in this Nation must Vote this election...". Yeah, yeah, yeah. Voting is no solution. Besides that, "everyone in this nation" couldn't vote anyway, since there are a number of people in this nation who can't vote (those under 18 and convicted felons, for example).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 2:24pm

    Re: Re:

    Isn't that how the senate took out Caesar?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 2:28pm

    Re: Re:

    Like more ways to screw the people.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 3:34pm

    In addition to scaring the grandmas, the politics are aimed at motivating the less-technologically sophisticated segment of the religious right. WoW = D&D = Satan.

     

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    Yawgmoth, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 5:04pm

    Politicians can make false claims about other people, with little consequence.
    Yet when normal people do it.... Its slander and taken to court... or sent to the secret prison hidden under Area 53... I mean, Guantani... somewhere if your talking about the president.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2012 @ 9:08pm

    Deaths per second?

    Seriously? They couldn't have taken the time to Google what DPS stands for?

     

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    Keii (profile), Oct 6th, 2012 @ 4:44am

    Are they trying to lose the WoW vote? Don't they know 11 million people play that game?

     

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    MHab, Oct 6th, 2012 @ 10:28am

    Feat of Strength

    Maine has earned:["New Level of Pettiness!"] FoS
    Reward: Title 'the Crotchety'

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 8th, 2012 @ 6:41am

    Seperation fo Church and State

    I play a disc priest. I guess that makes me unfit for office due to the separation of church and state.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 13th, 2012 @ 8:32am

    Well that means I can't ever run for office because the thing I did in EVE Online would make them die of shock if playing WoW is enough to cause this much outrage :p

     

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    zelenak, Aug 26th, 2013 @ 1:51am

    Warcraft

    Yea nice. But there coming the new warcraft.

     

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