I met a real live McCain-Palin supporter last night! In Vancouver! The most liberal pinko commie hippy enclave in a liberal pinko commie hippy province*, where >80% of residents polled said they would vote for Obama if they were eligible!
Sorry for the excitement, but it's my first time.
This guy is a peripheral friend of a friend who occasionally plays poker with us, and boy did he pick the wrong people to argue with! He raised his voice and went all red while three of us (one guy in particular) laid into him. There was much parroting of McCain's favourite phrases (OMG HE WOULD SIT DOWN WITH TERRORISTS WITH NO PRECONDITIONS WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE), and despite saying that he would never vote along party lines just for the sake of it, the first thing he came up with when asked why he didn't like Obama was "well, he's a Democrat".
The best part was how he would just dismiss as "irrelevant" any issue where he knew the McCain-Palin line to be indefensible. e.g. McCain's choice of Palin as running mate: "I don't care about that". Palin's stance on abortion: "let's not talk about that". Palin's stance on abstinence-only sex education: "oh, I'm sorry, I'm supposed to use things like that as a basis for deciding who to support?" (I countered with "what, things like evidence of extremely poor judgement?" YAY!).
An uneasy silence and rapid change of subject ensued. After a brief skirmish about the recent Canadian election ("I never tell anyone who I voted for" - fair enough actually, although it's not as if we couldn't guess), he lost all of his money (NOT to one of the three hecklers) and went home.
The non-heckling money taker asked, fairly reasonably, "when it became obvious that you weren't going to change his mind, why did you keep talking?"
"Because it was FUN!" said two of us in unison.
Hee hee, I am evil.
(I am also a bit ambivalent about blogging this, since I think that one or two of the people involved (NOT the Republican) might drop by occasionally. Post might go *poof!* soon if I chicken out).
*by US standards, but BC is sadly not very left wing by Canadian standards.