My wife and I had a couple of beers with some of her colleagues from work on Friday, and the husband of one of her co-workers said he had skipped the baseball game Thursday night to watch the Republican convention. Since I had done the opposite, I was curious to hear his impressions. My own impression from what I had read and heard was that Clint Eastwood’s appearance was a debacle roughly on the same scale as the Mustangs’ seventh-inning collapse, which turned a 6-0 lead into a 9-6 loss.
I quickly learned that he liked most of what he had heard, and I was resolved not to get into a confrontation over politics with my wife’s friends. Yeah, right.
Like many Republicans, he seemed less excited about Romney than he was angry at Obama. He said Obama had accomplished nothing. Still aiming at diplomacy, I said that Obama had gotten Bin Laden.
He granted that, but added that Obama was responsible for a big chunk of the nation’s $16 trillion debt. I noted that Paul Ryan (who, although I didn’t mention it, voted for two unfunded wars, an unfunded prescription drug mandate, unpaid-for tax cuts, TARP, etc.) also was responsible for a big chunk of it.
“But Obama’s an idiot,” he said.
“He’s not an idiot,” I replied.
“He’s a (insert Joe Biden profanity here) idiot,” he said.
“He’s not an idiot,” I repeated.
He stood up and stormed away from the table, saying something along the lines of “I’m not going to sit here and talk to this liberal.” As he passed by me, he muttered something under his breath that would even make Joe Biden blush. He never returned.
So there you go. Even publicly asserting that the duly elected president of the United States and the commander in chief of its armed forces is not an idiot is enough in some circles to get you labeled as a hopeless case. And that guy probably thinks he’s a patriot.