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Considering the rising tide of mass numbers of party photos, facebook, etc, how will this affect political campaigns say, 20 years from now? Will it be a shitshow of embarrassing photos, or will they just be ignored because they're so common?
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I don't think they'll be ignored. It'll just be the same as before. If they can dig up a lawyer's past when he was a chicken suit wearing stripper and long before Myspace or Facebook was around, if anything, it'll just be way easier. I don't think the next generation would care regardless. Two words: ear gauges.

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Hopefully they result in steel cage matches between candidates.

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Considering the rising tide of mass numbers of party photos, facebook, etc, how will this affect political campaigns say, 20 years from now? Will it be a shitshow of embarrassing photos, or will they just be ignored because they're so common?

No one will care, plus candidates won't run something they can just at easily be attacked for. Call out your opponent for his party photos, get your own thrown up - or, if there are no party photos, paint him as a loser.


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Kennedy basically committed vehicular homocide and was still elected to the senate umpteen million times.
Strom Thurmond ran on completely racist platform in the 40s and was still being elected to the senate 50+ years later.
Clinton tried weed (but didn't inhale) and was elected POTUS.
W. did coke and was elected POTUS.

2 examples from each side of the isle there where they overcame skeletons in the closet.  I think most people look past discretions of youth, and those that don't will continue to be raving lunatics.  Nothing will change.
     

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Kennedy basically committed vehicular homocide and was still elected to the senate umpteen million times.
Strom Thurmond ran on completely racist platform in the 40s and was still being elected to the senate 50+ years later.
Clinton tried weed (but didn't inhale) and was elected POTUS.
W. did coke and was elected POTUS.

2 examples from each side of the isle there where they overcame skeletons in the closet.  I think most people look past discretions of youth, and those that don't will continue to be raving lunatics.  Nothing will change.

You should add Obama tried weed, and inhaled.

Plus, c'mon, we all know Clinton inhaled.

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it was more of a joke than anything, I don't think anyone actually believed him.  Just pointing out that youthful misdeeds are generally overlooked.
     

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Hopefully they result in steel cage matches between candidates.
This.

Plus I reckon given what my generation put out into the world, and consune from others, smearing is likely to become less of a successful tactic.
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I don't have facebook. But I'm not an American citizen, so that leaves me out of contention for the presidency. ARGH.

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Hopefully they result in steel cage matches between candidates.

I'd pay money for this.

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Hopefully they result in steel cage matches between candidates.

I'd pay money for this.

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I'm actually looking forward to getting older now, just to see how true this will turn out to be. XD