Worst Election Day Ever

 

This one stings. From the Kentucky Enquirer:

Robert McDonald learned the hard way that every vote counts.

McDonald, who is known to most people as Bobby, finished in a dead heat Tuesday with Olivia Ballou for the sixth and final seat on the Walton City Council.

Each candidate captured 669 votes, but one ballot McDonald is sure would have gone his way was never cast. His wife, Katie, who works nights as a patient care assistant at Christ Hospital and is finishing nurse’s training at Gateway Community and Technical College, didn’t make it to the polls yesterday …

McDonald, 27, said his wife did not want to talk about not voting.

“She feels bad enough,” McDonald said. “She worked extra hours, goes to school and we have three kids, so I don’t blame her. She woke up about ten minutes before the polls closed and asked if she should run up, but I told her I didn’t think one vote would matter.”

Pardon the darkness of my heart, but I really wish there were cameras in the McDonald home. That has to be one of the most passive-aggressive dinner table conversations you’ve ever heard.

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  1. Profile photo of Pseudodionysius Inactive

    “Honey, could you pass the salt? I have an open wound that needs healing.”

    • #1
    • November 9, 2012 at 3:08 am
  2. Profile photo of Adam Schaeffer Contributor

    Hey, on the bright side, this guy has a seriously awesome trump card for a large number of screw-ups . . . “Oh, sweetie, you’re right, I feel so bad about X. But you know sometimes people can forget really important things . . .”

    • #2
    • November 9, 2012 at 3:17 am
  3. Profile photo of Gretchen Inactive

    Once when I was in college I failed to cast an absentee ballot for my father in a local election. Fortunately, he lost by three votes. I don’t think I ever told him, though.

    • #3
    • November 9, 2012 at 3:28 am
  4. Profile photo of BlueAnt Member

    Wow, talk about your emotional blackmail material… you could get an entire TV series out of this one.

    • #4
    • November 9, 2012 at 3:51 am
  5. Profile photo of Augustine Inactive

    Because what a good husband does it to take his wife’s missteps and uses them to gain advantage. I get that this is a little funny, but did anyone note that she works long hours, goes to school and they have three children? Maybe the appropriate response of Mr. McDonald, and the one he is likely practicing, is compassion and forgiveness. I imagine this woman is sick with regret.

    • #5
    • November 9, 2012 at 4:33 am
  6. Profile photo of John Walker Contributor

    A loving marriage is far more important than being elected to the City Council. I’m sure the McDonalds and their kids will do just fine.

    • #6
    • November 9, 2012 at 5:02 am
  7. Profile photo of Southern Pessimist Member

    If this keeps this young man from a career in politics it will in all likelihood be a blessing. In fact, I would not be so sure that his wife didn’t deliberately oversleep.

    • #7
    • November 9, 2012 at 5:07 am
  8. Profile photo of Steven M. Member

    He told her not to worry about it, so they both get a share of blame. It’s always good in a marriage for both spouses have contributed to a problem. 

    • #8
    • November 9, 2012 at 5:33 am
  9. Profile photo of Troy Senik Editor
    Troy Senik Post author

    You know, all you good-hearted people are really ruining a terrific bit of black humor.

    • #9
    • November 9, 2012 at 5:40 am
  10. Profile photo of BlueAnt Member
    Troy Senik, Ed.: You know, all you good-hearted people are really ruining a terrific bit of black humor.

    I tried, Troy. But Ricochet isn’t even buying my doom ‘n’ gloom schtik today. And I thought this was a conservative site!

    • #10
    • November 9, 2012 at 6:19 am
  11. Profile photo of Midget Faded Rattlesnake Moderator
    Troy Senik, Ed.: You know, all you good-hearted people are really ruining a terrific bit of black humor. · 1 hour ago

    Ah, so long as we’re not ruining your nylons, I’m happy.

    • #11
    • November 9, 2012 at 7:17 am
  12. Profile photo of Pseudodionysius Inactive
    Troy Senik, Ed.: You know, all you good-hearted people are really ruining a terrific bit of black humor. · 1 hour ago

    I’m keeping up my end of the Lark’s Tongues in Aspic bargain.

    • #12
    • November 9, 2012 at 7:33 am
  13. Profile photo of Pseudodionysius Inactive
    Midget Faded Rattlesnake
    Troy Senik, Ed.: You know, all you good-hearted people are really ruining a terrific bit of black humor. · 1 hour ago

    Ah, so long as we’re not ruining your nylons, I’m happy. · 16 minutes ago

    I feel like I’ve created more than just a cheap joke at someone else’s expense: I’ve created a legend.

    • #13
    • November 9, 2012 at 7:34 am
  14. Profile photo of Jason Hall Inactive

    Oh man, that coin flip is going to be intense! I might, as the Unofficial Ricochet Kentucky Correspondent, have to make a trip up to Northern Kentucky to witness that.

    “Hey, Honey, heads, I win; tails, YOU LOSE!!!”

    • #14
    • November 9, 2012 at 9:25 am
  15. Profile photo of Jason Hall Inactive

    Actually, that would be an awesome opportunity for a Ricochet meet up! We could take our own coin and make him a member of the Ricochet city council, just to make him feel better.

    • #15
    • November 9, 2012 at 9:27 am
  16. Profile photo of Troy Senik Editor
    Troy Senik Post author
    Pseudodionysius
    Midget Faded Rattlesnake
    Troy Senik, Ed.: You know, all you good-hearted people are really ruining a terrific bit of black humor. · 1 hour ago

    Ah, so long as we’re not ruining your nylons, I’m happy. · 16 minutes ago

    I feel like I’ve created more than just a cheap joke at someone else’s expense: I’ve created a legend. · 1 hour ago

    A legend that I hope has its trail go cold on Google before some J-school intern is tasked with writing my obituary.

    • #16
    • November 9, 2012 at 9:31 am
  17. Profile photo of Pseudodionysius Inactive
    Troy Senik, Ed.
    Pseudodionysius
    Midget Faded Rattlesnake
    Troy Senik, Ed.: You know, all you good-hearted people are really ruining a terrific bit of black humor. · 1 hour ago

    Ah, so long as we’re not ruining your nylons, I’m happy. · 16 minutes ago

    I feel like I’ve created more than just a cheap joke at someone else’s expense: I’ve created a legend. · 1 hour ago

    A legend that I hope has its trail go cold on Google before some J-school intern is tasked with writing my obituary. · 13 hours ago

    I think you’re overlooking the possible career opportunities for those of the Different Hosiery Abled in a Hillary Rodham 2016 administration.

    • #17
    • November 9, 2012 at 11:18 am