Dear Ms. Mix & Bitch,
Love your blog. Think you’re hot.
O.k., so now onto my problem. There’s this woman I work with named “Amanda.” She’s smart and beautiful and has a wicked sense of humor. I’ve been into her for months. I finally got her to go out with me and we really hit it off. Everything was going along fine until we started talking politics. Not only is she a Republican, but she volunteers her time working for the McCain campaign.
I had suspected she wasn’t liberal or a Democrat before we started dating, because everytime our co-workers would start talking about the debates or now the Obama nomination, she would smile, but wouldn’t chime in. To make it all worse, she believes in this war, even though she will admit that Bush has been a disaster. So here’s my question: what do you do when you meet someone who is an angel, but also dances with the devil, so to speak? I can tell she likes me too, but I also didn’t really let her know I thought her political views were a pile of horseshit. Signed, Wayward Liberal in Flagstaff.
You’re from Flagstaff? As in Flagstaff, ARIZONA? Are you fucking kidding me? I’m surprised that 1 out of every 2 women you’ve met out there HASN’T been a card-carrying member of the Born-Again Christ brigade. Kind of like complaining about the view while laying flat in the belly of the beast. C’mon now…
That aside, you pose an interesting question. I have some friends of mine whom would never date outside their political faith, thinking it as much of a betrayal to their own “kind” as it is just something personally reprehensible. I myself find such labels separatist and boring, and frankly, a lack of genuine intelligence. Truly thinking individuals don’t just follow party lines, they analyze sociopolitical policy as to how it aligns with their personal philosophy as influenced by one’s culture, geography, profession, religion, etc…It’s the most exaasperating sign of cognitive dissonance to me when you hear, for example, a Republican babble endlessly about their pro-life stance, but then won’t help the babies we’ve got by not funding programs to help single mothers get back on their feet financially and such.
What I find interesting about Amanda is that while she supports the human fossil known as McCain, she doesn’t always support the political party line and readily discusses her disappointment with the Bush administration. She also puts her time where her mouth is and volunteers for a cause she believes in…another admirable quality, even if it is for a person and mission as futile and pointless as the McCarnage campaign. These two points prove she has conviction while remaining open-minded – unlike others in her personal Gorilla Mist:
Conservative kewpee doll, Elisabeth Hasselbeck from “The View.”
I have often found that people with wrong varying political stances from my own actually want the same things I do – they just go about it in a completely different way. So I say get to know her…sweet Jesus knows, it’ll never be boring between you two.
Oh and PS…ever consider that Amanda already knows where you stand politically (from all your water cooler talk) yet still wants to date you in spite of – in her opinion – your pansy-assed, granola crunchy views? Hmm?
5.”Republican Party Reptile,” [Big Country] The Best of Big Country.
4. “Opposites Attract,” [Paula Abdul] Forever Your Girl.
(Just kidding. I had to throw this one in here to see if you all were paying attention. Now who’s the wicked one?).
4. “If Loving You is Wrong, I Don’t Wanna Be Right,” [Isaac Hayes] Hot Buttered Soul.
(All proceeds from the sale of this song goes to an even more wack-shit-crazy group, ladies and gentleman may I present, the Scientologists…)
3. “Love Me Dead,” [Ludo] You’re Awful, I Love You.
2. “Cupids Tricks,” [Elliott Smith] Either/Or.
1. “The Pageant of the Bizarre,” [Zero 7] The Garden.