This approach to selling politics pretty much sums up why I despise the current iteration of electoral politics, in a nutshell:
I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face...Did I just read that? Yeah, I guess I did. Thing is, you get in my grill and start arguing with me - not discussing your thoughts on issues and at least pretending to give me an opportunity to state my case, but arguing and getting in my face - my patience will be sorely tested and I don't think you'd like me much when I lose patience. I don't care if you're to the right or the left of the guy linked above; I'm not making a point about his policy positions, just about that screaming and infantile Olberman/Coulter style of politics. It's sad because I have accomplished, brilliant friends who I'm not going to be able to talk to between now and election time because they take that kind of advice to heart. God forbid their side loses the election - they'll need a six month cooling off period after that before I can deal with their baggage. This includes people who agree with me, by the way, as well as friends with whom I have profound differences. Being around them is just intolerable because they either need to be proselytizing for their cause, or getting reinforcement for their beliefs by preaching to a rapt choir. I'm considering giving up ever even discussing politics - people tend to ask "what do you think" which apparently is actually an opening for "whatever you say." In the past, up until quite recently, I've always taken the words at face value. All responses other than "I'm on the same sheet of music as you" are apparently interpreted as, "get in my face and argue with me."
You see this a bit in the bike community, when commentary about Freds or commuters or tri geeks or carbon v. steel goes past a little chiding, and evolves into scorn. It's got to be tough to live your life going around hating on everybody; I don't know how you can actually be content with anything. There's always somebody different to go hate on, to get into their face. Maybe it's just because I'm getting old, but I'm more critical about the details of different approaches, but less willing to treat differences in approach as grounds for having a big fight or personal condemnation; able to poke fun (including at myself) but not take it to personally. A lot of people seem to start from the point of personal affront, however, and then work their arguments out from there.
I'm making a point about manners and civility and lifestyle here; I don't want to be around anybody who thinks it's appropriate to get in my face in an attempt to force me to believe or act differently. You really feel strongly about it, discuss it rationally and we'll take a vote. Or produce a better bike to your way of thinking, and see if we'll buy it.
Used to be, this was a free country.