"I must confess I am dreading today's elections," Google cofounder and CEO Sergey Brin wrote last night on his Google+ account in a post that calls for whichever candidate winning today's election to negate their chose political party and serve as an independent. Logical and sound advice, yes?
Brin's entire post:
I must confess, I am dreading today's elections. Not because of who might win or lose. Not because as a Californian, my vote for President will count 1/3 as much as an Alaskan (actually it won't matter at all -- I'm not in a swing state). Not because my vote for Senate will count 1/50 as much as an Alaskan.
But because no matter what the outcome, our government will still be a giant bonfire of partisanship. It is ironic since whenever I have met with our elected officials they are invariably thoughtful, well-meaning people. And yet collectively 90% of their effort seems to be focused on how to stick it to the other party.
So my plea to the victors -- whoever they might be: please withdraw from your respective parties and govern as independents in name and in spirit. It is probably the biggest contribution you can make to the country.
As Fast Company points out, "Read between the lines and he's almost calling for constitutional reform." Indeed.