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Question: How long until a politician is hurt by something they posted on on social media in their youth?
2012-2020   -3 (21.4%)
2020-2025   -2 (14.3%)
2025-2030   -4 (28.6%)
2030-2035   -4 (28.6%)
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DC Al Fine
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« on: October 03, 2012, 10:16:27 pm »
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Politicians have always been harmed by things they said in the past. Think of all the grief Ron Paul has gotten about his newsletters. This got me thinking about the rise of Facebook, Twitter and all of the stupid debates that go on on them. It seems inevitable that one day a politician will get in trouble for posting something racist/extremist on Facebook as a sophomore.

How long do you think it will be until major candidates are harmed by stupid stuff they post on social media?
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2012, 02:21:33 am »
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I think people like to exaggerate a lot on this point. The first few times it happens, it'll be a big deal. Eventually, though, I think we'll get to the point where every candidate has an internet record that is less-than-stellar, and 30 year old Facebook posts won't matter.
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2012, 08:15:16 am »
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I couldn't care less what the 50th President tweeted when they were 15.
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There is a lot of humor to be mined from this as the mind of LBJ in the body of an 18 month old baby girl is quite hilarious.

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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2012, 02:51:41 pm »
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Whenever anyone on this forum runs for Senate/Governor/President/wins nomination for US House.
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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2012, 04:41:10 pm »
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Whenever anyone on this forum runs for Senate/Governor/President/wins nomination for US House.
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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2012, 07:33:48 pm »
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Whenever anyone on this forum runs for Senate/Governor/President/wins nomination for US House.
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But seriously, it could become a bit of a scandal initially, but it will die out eventually. If I run for office I'm definitely giving myself a fake name for everything lol.
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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2012, 08:02:23 pm »
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Whenever anyone on this forum runs for Senate/Governor/President/wins nomination for US House.
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But seriously, it could become a bit of a scandal initially, but it will die out eventually. If I run for office I'm definitely giving myself a fake name for everything lol.

Just keep a list of all the posts you need to delete before considering office. I'll need to bury that Wallace thing...
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« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2012, 09:51:26 pm »
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It's already happening. The main issue is when it hits its peak; after then, people won't care.
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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2012, 11:01:11 am »
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At least a gaffe here would bring the forum to national attention.
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There is a lot of humor to be mined from this as the mind of LBJ in the body of an 18 month old baby girl is quite hilarious.

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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2012, 11:17:38 am »
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Who is "Skeleton," and what is he or she doing in the closet?
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I actually take the National Enquirer rather seriously myself.
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« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2012, 11:20:02 am »
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Who is "Skeleton," and what is he or she doing in the closet?

Apologies for the poor grammar.
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