Listen, fellow Dems, do you really think you’re going to win any hearts and minds with phrases like
I mean, really! My folks are both Republicans and all three of us largely get our news from the same sources: NY Times, NPR, Lehrer Report, New Yorker magazine. We go to the same type of church (although mine is a bit more socially progressive than theirs) and live in the same neighborhood. We all have advanced educations and are pretty tolerant. I’m a Dem, they’re not, but in most of the country they’d probably be considered very liberal for Repubs.
Now, Dad for one is very very unhappy about Gautanamo Bay; he has no use for those violent deluded guys but thinks they deserve a fair trail, right now. He’s seen my struggles with being underemployed in a post-9/11 economy and doesn’t think much of the tax policies. He was for the war in Iraq but worries about the administration of that country. He admires Kerry as a person although he also feels he represents the boilerplate liberal thinking he’s been having trouble with for forty years.
So I would say he’s on the fence right now. He knows he has a lot more in common with Kerry, but still…hey, plenty of time for him to decide.
He walks into a bar. He gets into a conversation with one of the flamers in this thread. He gets an earful of the stuff I quoted above. Now, choose one:
A) He walks out of the bar converted, with the clear light of Truth and Goodness shining from every pore, and vows to go forth and vote Republican no more.
B) He stomps out of the bar before he says something he regrets, decides he doesn’t want people who think like those assholes running his country, and mentions the encounter in all the other political discussions he has between now and November. And he has a LOT of friends and we have a big Irish family.