To Solidify Your Hatred Of That Athlete You Already Hate, Here Are Some Reactions To Last Night’s Election

  • Glenn Davis

So. A lot happened last night. Barack Obama retained the presidency. Both the House and Senate stayed under the control of Republicans and Democrats, respectively. The first openly gay senator was elected. There was even huge news on ballot initiatives: Colorado and Washington state voted to legalize recreational marijuana usage, while Maryland and Maine became the first two states to legalize same-sex marriage via vote. And something else happened: a whole lotta people tweeted.

Whether they were ecstatic, disgusted, or just relieved the ordeal had reached its conclusion, pretty much everyone said something. And as a sports site without a whole lot to talk about while everyone concentrates on election fallout instead, we thought we’d highlight a few responses to last night’s events from the sports world that stood out to us. It starts, as it normally does these days, with LeBron:

But does Ohio love him back yet? Either way, LeBron’s awareness of the proceedings far outpaced Kris Humphries’:

Meanwhile, Cardinals kicker Jay Feely was clearly disappointed but not doomsaying:

…but he wasn’t too thrilled about the Colorado pot ballot decision:

Feely wasn’t the only NFL foot-using specialist to take an interest in the ballot initiatives, though. Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, an outspoken advocate of legalizing same-sex marriage, said this after Minnesota voters rejected a gay marriage ban:

Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo expressed a similar sentiment:

In fact, Kluwe was substantially more enthusiastic about the ballot initiatives than the presidential election:

Ayanbadejo was happier:

Really, it makes sense to be more excited (or disappointed) about ballot initiatives than putting elected officials in office. No matter how much you might admire a given elected official: they’re politicians. Politicians habitually disappoint and lie and compromise on their principles to stay in office. The election is the beginning – it’s impossible to know how their terms in office will go from here. Ballot initiatives are people voting on ideas, voting directly on their interests rather than for people to represent those interests. Voting for politicians is a little unavoidably… well, dirtier. And that brings us to A’s pitcher/Twitter champion Brandon McCarthy:

And more…

Yeah, I just got done talking about how it feels so much more pure to put certain ideas on pedestals in politics rather than the people in politics, but: #McCarthy2016

Getty photo, by Chip Somodevilla