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Do You Ever Feel Like a "Closet" Democrat or Republican?

Do You Ever Feel Like a "Closet" Democrat or Republican?

Republican Congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao represents a very Democratic district in Louisiana. Last night, he joked that he might be a "closet Democrat" despite his official party affiliation. He also said that parties shouldn't define lawmakers since "we are basically servants of the citizens of the United States."

Cao's statement about being a secret member of the opposition party got me thinking — how often do people's party identification and actual political views clash?

Living in San Francisco many people I know identify as Democrats, since "Republican" has been a bad word here, especially over the last eight years. Still, I have some "democratic" friends who hold pretty conservative views. Maybe they're just to afraid to admit they're actually Republicans. On the other hand, I know some "liberal" adverse individuals who actually support gay marriage, abortion rights, and maybe even some government action to help the economy.

Do you ever feel like if you followed your head, and not your heart, you'd probably switch party affiliation?


kh61582 kh61582 8 years
I have always been a Republican and I happen to be a singer so I'm in a business where I could really get black listed if I was open about my conservative views. However now that Obama is f*****g up the country I am really angry and have no intention of keeping my politic views to myself. Liberal views will turn this country into Europe and if I can help it I'm not about to let that happen so thank you President Obama; You have officially pissed me off to the point where I don't mind telling you to suck it no matter who I'm around;)
voltages voltages 8 years
I'm a Republican who supports gay marriage. I guess mainly because I'm not a religious Republican at all, so my views on gay marriage are strictly personal. Everything else I do agree with my party on.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
im a democrat but pro-life, so yes. oh, and i'm tough on crime too.
meandtheo meandtheo 8 years
i am a in SF with crazy san francisco values...but I think the teachers union is ruining public education. there i said it, the teacher's union is a bad bad thing and it should seize to very conservative of me.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Oh and I would say that over 3/4 of my friends are some of the most liberal people I have met. 2 of my best friends are true socialists. I feel that political views should not get in the way of friendships. And would never let that get in the way of rewarding friendships.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
I actually dislike both parties leadership. I am registered a Republican and proud of it. Not closeted in any facet. But My sister likes to say she is an "independent" but everything she says is liberal. I feel a lot of people do like to hide under the "independent" umbrella. Simply because they don't like being labeled. I am a strong fiscal conservative, but have some liberal social leanings. In a national election, I, 99% of the time, will vote for the Conservative candidate. In local elections, I have voted for many democrats. This last election cycle, I voted Libertarian. I am in California and voting for McCain surely would have been a wasted vote any how.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
No, I do not feel like I am in a political closet. My beliefs and views are on the democratic side. At the same time,I will not support just any democratic candidate; I have to fully believe in them, their viewpoint and what they will do for our state or country. If I do not see them fit for whatever-office, I am willing to look and read-up about the other side's candidate; you cannot make an informed choice without knowing both politicans. Sometimes a candidate on the opposite party leans more toward your views, while your parties choice may be farther away.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
I'm with em, I don't indentify with either party or their leadership and don't consider myself to be anything other than me. I vote for the person and based on specific issues I'm concerned about at the time and not because someone belongs to a certain party.
piper23 piper23 8 years
Registered Democrat but I haven't voted that way in a while. My views have gotten more consevative as I get older. I believe in a woman's right to choose (with the exception of late term abortions) and I think you should be able to marry whoever you want. I vote for the candidate, not the party.
em1282 em1282 8 years
This reminds me of that Chris Rock joke-- Everybody's so busy wanting to be down with the gang. "I'm conservative", "I'm liberal", "I'm conservative". BS! Be a person! Listen! Let it swirl around your head. Then form your opinion. No normal, decent person is one thing, okay? I've got some sh!t I'm conservative about, I've got some sh!t I'm liberal about. Crime, I'm conservative. Prostitution, I'm liberal!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I am totally okay with my party, and its worldviews, although i disagree with some of its leadership sometimes.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I don't think there should be/has to be a dischord between what your heart and head say, they're not bound by something like party affiliations. At this point in time, it would take a hell of a lot [something close to apocalyptic] to make me switch party affiliations. I don't disagree with parties, I disagree with people. I like the way the party I affiliate most with is now [with a few exceptions], more of their worldview is on point with what I believe. Of course I don't agree with EVERYONE about everything, but there's not nearly enough on the other side to make me switch.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Most of my friends are on the liberal half of the spectrum. I have always enjoyed their input when discussing politics. I think the thing we agree apon is that we are friends first, and political adversaries second. Well, actually, we are golf adversaries second, Cribbage adversaries third... You get the picture. The bottom line is, politics is fun to discuss, but it shouldn't be the driving force in your friendships.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Boogity! Boogity! That's about as close to amen as I can get. Grandpa have you seen my page? I loves me some NASCAR. Right now I on fiddling with my fantasy picks. Kind silly cause all I do is turn Dale Jr on over and over again.
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
Can we get AMEN wackdoodle? :heart: wackdoodle :heart: :rotfl
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Grandpa do not ever speak the word NASCAR in vain! I too am an atheist but I worship the oval track and turning left over and over again until a winner is declared.
luna08 luna08 8 years
I feel politically closeted among a lot of my friends who are rabid, consevative christians. I'm an evangelical christian too, but have "very" liberal views compared to them. I hate when people assume that your political views are in line with theirs. What they don't realize is that mine are thought out and hard won. I'm Greek and debate is in my genes :), but most of the time I keep my mouth shut, because the "debate" gets too nasty.
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
TrueSong, I did not know you worked NASCAR :rotfl:
T-S T-S 8 years
I like my party's leadership and worldview, but I feel like I am closeted at work. I work in an industry that is very conservative, and I have found myself more than once trying to say something true but possibly misleading like, "I can see why so many people love Sarah Palin!"
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
i'm not american but i'm liberal in some views and conservative in others.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
I'm registered with a party simply so I can vote in primary elections. While I lean more towards Democrat views, I don't blindly support every candidate in the party just because. I try to look at individual issues and candidates when voting. The two party system is both limiting and very culturally dividing.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
The thing I hate (which I know I would be guilty of myself) is just saying he's in my party I want him to win. Sometimes that's not the best candidate.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
It's unfortunate when people let parties decide their opinions for them. When someone's opinions line up square with a party, it's more than likely party membership to blame.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
I agree with party principles most of the time, but there are quite a few actual members of the party I'm not a fan of (because I suspect they do not actually believe in those principles).
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I think it's much stranger to agree with every party doctrine than to have some opinions that don't fit with what a Republican or Democrat is 'supposed' to think. Personally, I don't have enough 'Republican' or 'Democratic' ideas to consider myself a member of either party. But I agree with Cao's basic sentiment that we'd be a lot better off if we didn't worry so much about parties.
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