Thursday, October 28, 2010

AVR: After Voting Remorse

Most people are familiar with the term, buyers remorse. A term I have come up with, which i am sure someone else has claimed as their own and might have beaten me to the punch, is known as AVR or After Voting Remorse.

AVR is something many people feel after they get over the "honeymoon" period of someone they voted for. In relationships, many people talk about true colors coming out. AVR is similar to that situation and can be a very difficult to deal with. It is two years later from one of the biggest presidential elections and numerous polls and finding are coming out of the wood work.

The Hill reports:

"One telling finding is that only 42 percent of respondents said they recalled voting for Obama in 2008 even though the president received, on average, 53 percent of the vote in those districts.

Pollsters said that finding could indicate voter remorse, which may reflect a major drop in enthusiasm for the president. Another explanation may be that many of those who supported Obama in 2008 are unlikely to vote this year."

Although this blogger has no comment on the above post and remains neutral, what do we do when our political hero falls short? Many people suggest that nobody is perfect and to appease everyone is not only an impossible feat but an unrealistic one. Should we hold our politicians to a higher standard and demand more, or should we cut them some slack?

The best advice we can have when trying to stay clear of AVR is to look into your candidate with great depth. Try and understand all you can about who you pull the lever for because in the end, that is all we can do... aside from running for office ourselves.

Do you have a story to share about AVR or do you think you came up with that term first? Shout out to us and share your story!

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