Some people just can’t get enough of politics. They watch the Sunday morning interview shows. They monitor the latest polls. They’re fascinated by all the machinations and maneuvering.
Whether you love politics or have little interest, you should take an interest in dating a political junkie. Here’s why:
1. You’ll never lack for things to discuss. In the era of the 24-hour news cycle, there’s always something to talk about.
2. Your partner will be happy to give you voting advice. Whether or not you need their advice is up to you!
3. Impress your love with your impersonations of famous political figures. Can you do impressions of Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Obama, or Trump? Now’s your chance to perform for an appreciative audience.
4. You’ve found a partner with passion. You can bet your political-junkie partner is not a wishy-washy, indecisive type. You’ve got someone with definite convictions.
5. Oh, the places you’ll go. Your partner would love to take you on a tour to Washington, D.C., state capitols, and the local city hall. While you’re at it, you can swing by the conventions and caucuses.
6. You and your partner can come up with a relationship slogan. Every campaign has a catchy, inspiring one-liner, such as “Yes, We Can!” and “Prosperity and Progress!” So why not create one for your relationship?
7. Enjoy popcorn and a good movie. On Friday night, snuggle up and watch Jimmy Stewart in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” George Clooney in “The Ides of March,” Robert Redford in “The Candidate,” or another political-themed film.
8. If your relationship stalls, speak in a language your partner understands. Echo the words of voters everywhere: “Give us progress, not platitudes! Forget the promises—we want action! Results, not rhetoric!”
9. You’ll always have gift options. From political biographies to collectible campaign buttons, you won’t be stumped at birthday time.
10. Together, you can find the humor. Politics is usually serious business, but plenty of entertainment sources (like “Saturday Night Live”) present the lighter side. Help your political-junkie partner stay balanced by finding the levity.
11. You’ve got a ready-made campaign manager. If you ever decide to run for elected office—from school board to senate—you’ll have someone in your corner.
12. Volunteer opportunities abound. Together, you can both help the election efforts of the local county commissioner or a presidential nominee.
13. You can read and discuss Hunter S. Thompson’s “Better Than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie.” Leave it to the notorious gonzo journalist to present a provocative perspective. Read it together and see if you agree.
14. During election season, you’ll have plenty of cheap entertainment. Watch debates on TV, get the latest news updates, and scour the blogs. Save your movie-and-dinner money for after the election.
15. When you disagree, you can practice politics the way we all wish it could be. That is, you can “reach across the aisle,” have a fair-minded discussion, and strike a compromise.
Why else should one date a political junkie?