On the other hand, the liberals involved in the discussion felt perfectly free to throw out assertions and opinions without any backup whatsoever and apparently expected me to regard those unsupported assertions as being every bit as valid. All manner of stereotypes and bigotry regarding conservatives and Republicans was on display, and it really made me wonder if this is the kind of discussion these people would have if the subject was race instead of politics.
Sorry. I don't play that game, and if that's what's regarded as "open-minded political discussion" in these parts you can save it for City Pages. This is not the sort of "discussion" one has with friends where I come from, and if it's the way things are done here in Minnesota you can include me out.