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article imageOp-Ed: When politicians play World of Warcraft, strange choices arise

By Paul Wallis     Oct 7, 2012 in Politics
Republicans have taken aim at a Democrat Senate candidate for playing World of Warcraft. Colleen Lachowicz plays an orc rogue in the popular online game, and apparently that makes her unfit for office.
The BBC explains the Republicans' fear of Ms.Lachowicz:
Maine Republicans have created a webpage revealing that Democrat candidate Colleen Lachowicz plays an orc rogue in World of Warcraft (WoW).
Ms Lachowicz's liking for back-stabbing and poison in WoW raise questions about her "fitness for office", they claim.
(For full details on the Republican fears about Ms. Lachowicz, see our DJ article by Robert Myles.)
Makes sense to a point, if you assume backstabbing has no place in US politics. Strange that the GOP would mention it, though. Also rather dubious whether a perfectly normal corporate stooge would last too long on WoW.
It’s hilarious, however, to see the GOP Fountains of Normality going after gamers. The biggest MMORPG online is WoW. Didn’t the GOP marketing pixies notice that, or were they too busy sewing their Doris Day dolls back together after the hoedown? Way to antagonize half the population, again. This logic would also disqualify an estimated 184 million American gamers from candidature. Another noble coincidence. Getting back to that 47% by any means available, eh, guys?
The other thing they obviously don’t know is that WoW players aren’t exactly apathetic about their gaming. If they weren’t going to vote before, this would be the best possible motivation. Most of them would actually be possible voters, because the average age of the WoW crowd is 34.
There are a few pros and cons here:
On the other hand a politician who does her poisoning and backstabbing in another world would be a hell of a precedent. It could throw thousands of party machine people out of work. There’d be hordes of political “assistants” roaming the streets.
The woman probably hasn’t even destroyed any real countries, not even her own. How unrealistic of her. How irresponsible.
Yep, if you want people who aren’t deluded in any way, you need people with proven experience in creating real havoc around the world. Fine upstanding decent folks with a track record in global management.
Or you could find someone who actually participates in the real world doing something other real people do and even as an orc doesn’t look as bizarre as some. Hell of a choice, isn’t it?
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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