How To Have Fun Following the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Politics are no laughing matter, especially when it comes to war or the current state of the economy. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun and enjoy the 2012 presidential election. Fall is a great time of year to throw parties, so throwing political parties to watch the presidential debates or election results can be fun. You can also dress up as your favorite politicians for Halloween or set up a betting pool to predict the outcome of the election. If you are passionate about politics, you can even help out with local events for your chosen party. This is a great way to meet new people that share your interests.
Presidential Guessing Pool
Many people set up guessing pools in their offices or groups of friends to predict the outcome of the Superbowl. You can set up a pool to guess who will win the presidential election. Guessing what the outcomes will be for the other 2012 election races is also fun, such as the governor of your state. Choosing two or three races to guess on makes the pool fun without being overwhelming. Remember to keep good records of who bid on what and keep all of the guesses you collect in a safe place so that the winners can all be notified the day after election night.
Make sure to keep track of which of your friends or coworkers are democrats and which are republicans. You can print out political cartoons from the Internet or cut them out of the paper to share with your friends during the weeks leading up to the election. Leaving red or blue treats on your friends desk is another way to silently rib them about their candidate choice.
Halloween is only about a week before election night, so it is a great time to show your political spirit while having fun. If you are heavily in favor of one party or the other, dress up like their mascot. Few people will miss the symbolism seeing you dressed like a red elephant or a blue donkey. If you really want to have fun, dress like a past president and see if people can figure out who you are. They will probably be able to guess Abraham Lincoln or Bill Clinton easily, but may have trouble with Millard Fillmore or John Quincy Adams. Memorize a few famous quotes from your favorite president so you can even sound like them. Invite your friends to dress as their favorite president for Halloween and attend a party together.
Meet People and Have Fun at Campaign Functions
Political rallies are wonderful places to meet people who share your views and make new friends. If you’re looking for a great way to volunteer, sign up at the local office of your chosen political party. They are always looking for people to hand out flyers, organize functions, raise money and more. Try to attend functions where there will be a large number of supporters so that you can meet as many new people as possible. If you meet a few people that you are interested in being closer friends with, offer to carpool with them to the next function or invite them out for dinner or drinks when your fundraising shifts end.
A presidential debate is the perfect excuse to throw a political party. Decorating with red, white and blue sets the tone without overemphasizing either candidate or their party. Make sure there is plenty of seating available and start the party at least 30 minutes before the debate is scheduled to begin so that everyone has a chance to grab a few snacks before settling down to watch the debate. Feel free to pass around political cartoons, but make sure that you are not bashing one candidate significantly more than the other. Conversation after the debate should be encouraged, but make sure that nobody is allowed to dominate the conversation.
Fun on Election Night
Election night is another great time to have a political party. You can print a large map of the United States and have red and blue markers set out so that you can color in the states after their votes have been announced. This will give you a visual timeline of the election. Send out fancy invitations about two weeks before the event and pick up a few politically themed board games to play while you are waiting for the results. Be sure to congratulate the winners, even if they are not the people you would have chosen.
You may think the political fun has to end when the election is over, but there are other types of parties you can throw. If Obama wins the election and will be in the White House for another four years, you can throw him an anniversary party in celebration of beginning a fifth year in office. Play political music and focus on the victories and achievements of the president while he was in office. If Mitt Romney is the new president, throw a housewarming party in his honor. Decorate your home just like you would for your own housewarming party and ask friends to bring small housewarming gifts. You can give the gifts to a local shelter or other organization later.