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 ( 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 ( "likes"), about 800 shares, and 500 comments. )
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 ( 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." )