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What Goes Around Comes Around

I'm not that old, but I've voted in 7 elections. And it seems like there are some constants...

  • In every election, we are told it is the most important election in history.
  • In every election, the candidates tell us they won't go negative.
  • In every election, the candidates always go negative.
  • In every election, the media tells us the candidates are going more negative than ever before.
  • In every election, there is someone running who is painted as a "crazy" (Ross Perot, Howard Dean, Ron Paul)
  • In every election, we are told the young voters will make the difference.
  • In every election, those same young voters don't turn out in as high of quantities as predicted.
  • In every election, there are predictions of a landslide victory.
  • In every election, the vote ends up pretty close (oh, except for 1984 when Reagan received 95% of the electoral votes).
  • In every election, we are told the nation is more deeply divided than ever before.
  • In every election, the winner claims a mandate from the electorate.
  • In every election, there are accusations against both sides of voter fraud.
Many of you are my age or older. What can you add to the list?