It is the Environmentalist versus the Post-Environmentalist.
It is Mr Green versus Mr Glowing Green.
It is Al Gore versus Vault Boy.
In my first customized match of The Political Machine 2012 (which also happened to be my first game, so I was admittedly rusty), I played the Republican candidate Vault Boy versus the Democrat Al Gore. Vault Boy is a Pro-Military candidate that loves Alternative Energy (mainly to fuel his Energy Weapon skill). He opposes Big Government because in the Wasteland there is no such thing. He hates Gun Control, and thinks more Capital Punishment is the better solution to stopping crime. And like any good American, he is a big proponent of videogame violence. After all, how else will the kids learn to use their father’s assault rifle before they get into the military?
While typically charismatic, Vault Boy made the dire mistake on Barry King of admitted his serious fondness for spanking. Spankgate caused far too uptight American voters to be turned off by the way Vault Boy gets turned on, and his gun-loving base started leaving him for a candidate who actually appreciated socially-acceptable Traditional Values.
In the end, Al Gore just had too many bottle caps for Vault Boy to even compete. In this campaign of two future Americas, Gore’s platform of alternative energy, green jobs, and the environment presented an optimistic outlook of America’s future as a world leader. Vault Boy’s future America represented a somewhat different view, one where the environment was greener (from radiation), the alternative energy was stronger (and heavily militarized), and you had the gun freedom to shoot any mutant moving. In the end, America chose the optimistic route over preparing for any sort of fallout that may have come their way.