So far, I’m 18-0 on this one. I “win” if the person responds as described below…
Me: “Do you consider yourself open-minded when it comes to politics? Do you give equal time to opposing views to hear their rationale?”
Me: “Well, ___ is going to be on TV tonight doing an interview. Are you going to watch?”
Them: “Hell no!”
So far, 7 Democrats, 9 Republicans, and 2 “Tea Party-ers”. It’s rarely just “no” or “I don’t think so”. It’s almost always an emphatic “Hell no!”
For Democrats, I fill in the blank with “John Boehner”, “John McCain”, or “Scott Rigell” (a local guy). For Republicans, I fill in “Barrack Obama”, “Nancy Pelosi” or “Glenn Nye” (another local guy). For Tea Party-ers I just name pretty much anyone that doesn’t call themself a party member, but they typically waiver on filling in a Republican for just a second or two.
Open Minds. Pffft. Whatever. When people say “I have an open mind” it really just means “I have an open mind to whatever I agree with”.