Google co-founder Sergey Brin: "I am dreading today's elections"

  @julpepitone November 6, 2012: 11:18 AM ET
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Sergey Brin wrote his vote "won't matter at all," because he resides in blue-state California. But he's more concerned about political infighting.


Tens of millions of Americans lined up to vote Tuesday morning, but at least one person wasn't excited about it: Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who said he's "dreading" the elections.

Brin took to his company's social networking site, Google Plus, to write a dour missive on the state of American voting and politics. He said his vote "won't matter at all," because he resides in solidly blue-state California -- not a swing state -- and because the Electoral College disproportionately weights votes from less populous states. But that's not Brin's main concern.

"No matter what the outcome, our government will still be a giant bonfire of partisanship," he wrote around midnight. "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."

The Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) co-founder then made an unusual request to the future winners of Tuesday's vote: "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."

Brin closed by asking readers to pass his post on "to your newly elected officials." As of mid-morning eastern time on Tuesday, the post had attracted nearly 4,000 +1s (the Google Plus equivalent of Facebook (FB) "likes"), about 800 shares, and 500 comments.

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While some commenters supported Brin's comments, others wrote it off as a pie-in-the-sky dream. One reader even threw Brin's comments back at him.

"To be honest it is a little bit like Gee why can't Google and Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) bury the hatchet?" the commenter wrote. "Perhaps, Google should be more conciliatory toward Apple and not try to 'stick it to them.' In my opinion, that would be stupid." To top of page

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