The words “conservative” and “Fakename” do not belong in the same sentence. Fakename does not have conservative friends. Fakename’s friends fall into two categories: politically liberal (I’m throwing anarchists into that pot), and Don’t Know, Don’t Care. The second group is actually often a refreshing change of pace.
But last week I realized I do have a conservative friend! This is a guy I know from work, whom we will call “Chris” for the purposes of this blog. I guess you would actually have to call him an acquaintance, because I haven’t seen him for probably a year, until last week. I used to see him fairly often and was wondering why he dropped out of sight: The answer is that the size of his company has quadrupled (how often is that happening, in this economy?) and he was promoted. So he’s now a supervisor and no longer does the worker bee stuff that was the occasion for my seeing him in the past. But he is a conservative and I actually missed our sparring matches. Except for here on WordPress, I rarely run into anyone who keeps track of current events the way I do.
So last week when he showed up, after giving me a big hug (that was a surprise, first time that ever happened–guess he missed me too), we stood outside my office and talked for…an hour and a half. I think we were both shocked when we realized what time it was. But after the hug, his first words to me were, “Well, you got your Democrat in the White House!” Lol, some things never change.
In that time we covered every conceivable topic related to politics that either of us could think of. Obama….Chris: very intelligent, but not enough experience to have good judgement, maybe, but he’s willing to wait and see and hopes it works out. Obama is the President, and he will support him. McCain…Chris: What an awful alternative to have had. Voting…Chris: Remember the words “secret ballot”, and that nobody would tell you who they voted for? Now they can’t wait to be on TV and tell you. The media…I mentioned the New York Times, and Chris’s eyes rolled up in his head. That’s when I said, do you have a blog on Wordpress under the name Ptfan1? More media…I mentioned Rush Limbaugh. Chris replied: Keith Olbermann. More media…Me: Katie Couric. Chris: Lightweight. Me: She did a number on Sarah Palin to be a lightweight. Chris: That wasn’t too hard to do. Abortion….Chris is not against it but doesn’t think he should have to pay for it. Closing Guantanamo….Chris: Bad idea, these are really bad guys. Me: What are we doing with a prison in Cuba? A country we won’t even speak to? The octuplet mom…Chris: The doctor should be shot (which he later amended to, the doctor should lose his license). Me: ditto. See if you talk long enough and don’t automatically dismiss the other person as stupid, you will eventually find areas where you agree.
Now here’s the big surprise. At the end of the conversation, Chris revealed that he is a lifelong registered Democrat. I made the immediate inference that he did that so he could vote in the Democratic primary and choose the person he deemed most likely to lose to the Republican candidate. It turns out, that isn’t the case at all. In the most recent primary, he voted for Clinton, because of all the contenders, Republican and Democrat alike, he thought she would make the best president. That goes to show that you should not make broad assumptions about people.
Of course, I did already have a clue that Chris is not quite as rigid as he may appear: he listens to NPR. Maybe when we have our next conversation he’ll confess that he secretly reads the New York Times. Which I suspect Ptfan1 does too. Cheers, Pt!