I Made a Mistake, and Now I'll Convert A Republican
by Denny Crane, Mon Jun 23, 2008 at 06:25:56 AM EDT
I recently made an embarrassing mistake which really gave me something to think about. I was out to lunch with a few colleagues, when one person told me he wanted to talk some politics with me. This person and I spoke frequently about politics, and we were both Hillary supporters. A third person chimed in asked me if I was a Republican, and I was a little taken aback by that. The idea makes my skin crawl. Of course, I said "Not in this lifetime!". He then told me that he was, and I should consider voting for John McCain. That one stopped me in my tracks, because he's black.
Of course, I'm black too, as is the other Hillary supporter I mentioned. But I just assumed since this man was black, he must also be a Democrat. It literally never even crossed my mind hat a young black man from Haiti might be a Republican. I was appalled that he was supporting McCain, but I was more appalled by my own reaction. Am I fostering stereotypes of my own? Am I practicing my own brand of identity politics?
At any rate, once I recovered, I told everyone that of course I would be supporting Obama. He wasn't one of my top choices, but I'm a Democrat, and the choice between him and John McCain isn't even a close call. It's like asking if I'd rather have a nice juicy steak or chew on my own arm.
Then Mr. Republican started talking about universal health care, and I saw an opening. He listens to Michael Savage every day (my head nearly exploded upon learning this) and my friend believes what that fool Savage tells him every day. Universal health care doesn't work, blah blah blah. You've all heard these lies before, so I won't bother to repeat them.
When my friend was talking, I noticed he didn't seem well informed on the subject. He clearly only knew what he heard from Savage and the odious Neal Boortz. So I've decided to make it my mission to convert him. I'm going to give him the facts of Obama's Healthcare Plan and make him understand why the free market system he loves so much doesn't work with regard to healthcare.
He's has agreed to engage in the discussion with me because he respects my opinion, so this is a great opportunity. I'll also be giving him a few Thom Hartmann podcasts to listen to - there's no one on our side smarter and more willing to engage right wing nuts like savage than Thom.
Any advice you guys want to give to help me would be greatly appreciated.