Dating Advice for Conservatives
At the recent Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC, a new feature was added for the younger attendees – about dating for conservatives.
The audience was overwhelmingly young, with curious students and curious journalists, all of whom were hoping for more declarative statements on how conservatives absolutely cannot date liberals. Turns out, Elise thinks you can, but he also thinks it doesn’t matter as much.
And don’t be afraid to look outside your own political circles for a partner. “People mostly stick to their own group,” he says, “and that’s a shame.”
CPAC attendee Jacqueline Otto agrees, but only up to a point. “What wouldn’t work is if you’re a conservative and the other person just doesn’t care,” she says. “The other person doesn’t value what it means for you to be conservative.”
What’s important, says Hawkins, is that there’s room for amicable debate. “It has to be the sort of thing where they’re OK with you thinking Al Gore’s a moron, and you’re OK with them not liking Sarah Palin,” he says.
You can absolutely, totally date someone with different political opinions. As long as the debate doesn’t get personal.
The upside with that situation is that you both will have the same point of interest, being economics and politics. Having different opinions will ensure hours of interesting and lively conversation. As John Hawkins told NPR, you both have to be OK with the other holding different, honest opinions. And as long as the relationship remains honest and respectiful, it could totally work.
The downside is that there are no guarantees that it will work. There are never guarantees in any dating situation that anything would work. It really does all depend on the individuals involved and your relationship.
I know, that was really helpful. But hopefully you will be encouraged to break out of your circle, and give that liberal guy a chance. Or libertarian girl.
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