Now, to celebrate Valentine's Day, I want to offer a variation I call the Romantic Election Game. This version involves watching or listening to or reading about political goings on with a loved one. Since it will be hard to completely avoid all the political rhetoric, attack ads, and over-opinionated partisan punditry, we may as well make the most of it.
The rules are simple, and feel free to make up your own rewards and modify my suggestions to your liking.
1, Every time a candidate is critical of another candidate, the first one to notice it claims and collects one kiss and one hug from the other.
2. Every time a candidate exaggerates something or tells an outright lie, the first to notice it collects an intimate caress from the other.
3. Every time a candidate says something really stupid or crazy and irrational, the one to notice it first gets 15 minutes of total loving pleasure at the hands of the other.
And one extra step in this version:
4. Every time a candidate says something optimistic, hopeful, uplifting, or inspiring, both of you grab each other and create an romantic alternative to politics, with a 24 hour moratorium on reading, watching, or listening to anything about Campaign 2012.
You'll know if you're doing it right if you have a strong urge in coming months to shout out, "Thank you Barack, Mitt, Rick, Ron, Newt!"