I ran into an aquaintance at the library. He started talking about Primo's campaign. Which is fine. I don't mind talking about Primo's campaign, but I really don't want to get into Obama and Romney and the campaigns for Senate and Congress. I stop at the very local level. I stop at Primo.
He didn't know that Primo and I are in a mixed marriage. After he made several disparaging remarks about the Stripes candidates, I mentioned casually that Primo and I don't agree politically. "I support Primo wholeheartedly," I said, "because he is a good man, a man of integrity, who will have to legislate as a moderate because of the composition of this district. But I hope nobody else on the Polka Dot side wins." I said it with a smile.
He shrugged. "I'm not worried about the Polka Dots. They don't have any problems. But the redistricting - that woman, Sandra Vampire, she doesn't represent me. What an idiot. And Jane Sundstupid. I can't believe she continues to get re-elected. She doesn't have a brain in her evil head."
He was talking about Sandra Vanderpool and Jane Sundstrom.
Name calling. That's mature.
I took a deep breath. "I do not agree with the Polka Dot agenda and I am not pleased with what the Polka Dot candidate has proposed for the country. But I do want Primo to win. And I am pretty sure that if the Stripes had had the majority, they would have drawn the districts to benefit them."
My modeling of good behavior had no impact on him. He shook his head. "No, they wouldn't! They would have been fair!"
I suspect his definition of "fair" is that the lines would have been drawn to benefit the Polka Dots.