Romney or Obama, This Election's Outcome 'Sucks'

Matt Taibbi wants everyone to chill out and admit the world won't end

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 6, 2012 1:05 PM CST | Updated Nov 6, 2012 1:57 PM CST

(Newser) – Pretty much everyone is glad that "after eighteen months of relentless, ear-splitting propaganda," in which horse race-obsessed pundits spent "day after day swinging the heavy horseshit-hammer of Thor, braining us with one meaningless made-up controversy after another," that this election is about to be over, Matt Taibbi writes in Rolling Stone. "But today will still go down as a truly sad day, no matter who wins." Why? Because the lasting legacy of 2012 will be "how intensely millions of Americans hated" each other.

No one wants to admit that it's no big deal if the "wrong guy" wins. "You have to have lived in a country with real problems to realize this," Taibbi writes, "but life doesn't change too terribly much in America no matter which party wins." We should all believe that whoever wins will have America's best interests at heart. But we don't. "That's incredibly sad. As a member of the media I feel sick about it. I think all of us in this business owe America a hug, or something. All of this has gone too far." Click for Taibbi's full column.

Hal Pigg is reflected in an image of a flag, as he casts his vote on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Jamul, Calif.
Hal Pigg is reflected in an image of a flag, as he casts his vote on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Jamul, Calif.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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Year 2000 America seems like a veritable Buddha of perfect composure compared to the already-terminally-pissed, stress-crazed populace that has been dragged to the final lap of this terrible contest. - Matt Taibbi

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