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Don’t Blame Me, I Did the Bare Minimum

by Michael Rappaport,

Once every four years we get to witness one of the silliest traditions of all time: the predictable “Don’t blame me, I voted for Candidate X” bumper stickers and, nowadays, internet memes. Of course, this is not a recent development. Some of my earliest observations of politics came from bumper stickers signifying that a particular car’s owner could not be held liable for the impending destruction of the country at the hands of the barbarian Clintons because said owner had voted for George H. W. Bush.

The current version of this phenomenon has taken an interesting twist. Since both the Democrat and Republican candidates for president in 2012 represented roughly the same general slate of government interventions, domestic and foreign, it’s been hard for many people to get motivated to adorn their cars with professions of deep regret over a lost Romney presidency. The two candidates, after all, had their biggest dustups over Big Bird and binders full of women.

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