The Political Safeword

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Originally uploaded by Thomas Roche

In this kind of weird article, CNN addresses the marital tensions that can arise from “mixed marriages” — those where one spouse is supporting Obama, and the other McCain. I had one of those marriages in my extended family growing up, though then it was Bush-Dukakis and later Bush-Clinton and Clinton-Dole. Let me tell you, this would have been some helpful advice:

Agree on a “safe word” signifying that a tense conversation needs to end, out of respect for one another.

Does that come before or after the ball gag?


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