OK, I'm a Democrat but I actually have voted for a few Republicans in my day. Senator John Warner of Virginia I liked, and I'm certain that there was somebody else sometime. But now I think I've become a yellow-dog Democrat. I can find no common ground with any of the Republicans because they have become not just mis-guided but are actually evil.
I have a few friends who are Republicans. We don't discuss politics and never have and they would do anything for me, but now I wonder do they condemn my lesbian daughter? Are they uncomfortable around my African-Amercian best friend? Do they shop at the more expensive grocery store because they really like spending more money than necessary for food or because they are afraid to go to our local stores which are full of immigrants from South America and Africa? I find that I am now looking at these friends differently than I did in the past. I look at them and I no longer see friends, I see bigots. But really, these are nice people who go on mission trips, who volunteer their time, who would never say anything bad about a specific person because of their color, or origins, or their sexual orientation but who feel perfectly justified condemning groups of people. But am I guilty of the same thing? I like my friends but I deplore the Republicans. And if they support Romney/Ryan aren't they supporting bigotry against the people who need our help - the elderly, the poor, the disabled, the struggling, the people of color? And how can I be friends with a bigot?