Dating a libertarian

What would you call a pretty good idea for a first date as opposed to a bad idea for a first date? …If, right after this interview, I walked out and met some guy and he asked me to dinner and a movie, I’d probably turn him down. …To make matters worse, I had a horrible week at work, I was exhausted, and I didn’t want to (go on the date). I’ve known Kit for a while now and she has shared her opinions about dating with me many times, so I thought she would be particularly good for this piece. If so, any difference you can tell between liberal and conservative guys? They’re very selfish and they want you to baby them. …A couple of weeks ago, I went out on a date with a liberal and the moment he showed up, I could instantly tell he was a liberal. When he did show up — and this was back in the time before I knew to ask for pictures…he looked the North end of a South bound dog.Pretty good idea: a date hike somewhere, whitewater rafting, walking around an art museum. We’re sitting here watching the play and the play itself is boring, depressing, and sad. I’m watching it, it’s warm in the theater, I’m sitting next to him and he’s not talking — The next thing I remember, he’s shaking me awake. His nails were longer than mine, they were manicured, he had a ponytail, and he immediately started talking to me about how I shouldn’t smoke because it was bad for the environment. How did you end up going out with that guy in the first place? He was, quite honestly, probably one of the 3 ugliest people I have ever seen in my life.For whatever reason, I don’t know why, but I decided not to go home right then and there.It was just kind of like, “Ok, I’ll laugh it off.” After the fact, I realized that was ridiculous, but the night progressed.John Hawkins's book 101 Things All Young Adults Should Know is filled with lessons that newly minted adults need in order to get the most out of life.Gleaned from a lifetime of trial, error, and writing it down, Hawkins provides advice everyone can benefit from in short, digestible chapters.But, I think a movie selection is a hint about what sort of guy you’re with.

I’m glad that recommendation came through because L. I don’t know if that is a consquence of the way they were brought up, the women’s lib movement, and all that.

So, I figured now would be a great time to do a part two.

So, I interviewed another group of conservative women to find out some of their best and worst dating stories, to see if there’s a difference between dating conservative and liberal men, and just to get a little of the dating advice that people seem to be so interested in. My buddy Skye, who blogs at Midnight Blue and Flopping Aces is a charming, cultured, conservative Democrat, who lives and blogs in Philadelphia.

…There are a lot of really, really nice guys out there who are not to be feared.

After the last dating article, my buddy Bettina Inclan — who used to be the Executive Director of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly and is now a staffer for Thadeus Mc Cotter, Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee — was telling me about how she would have answered some of the questions in the article.

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