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I have plenty of Republican friends. I'm white and grew up in a suburban middle class town and then went to college and majored in business. So, as a consequence, many of my friends are Republicans (not all). Or at least people who think that's what they are. I love/like most of them. I wouldn't be friends with them in real life if I didn't. A few on Facebook I wouldn't go that far. Some I'm friends with in that fake world just because I have some connection to them and somehow we ended up becoming Facebook connections.

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In any event, I have the whole range of Republican friends. Close friends, some of my closest. Casual friends. Family. And just acquaintances.

I tend not to talk politics with most of them anymore unless I'm really pushed into it or see just egregious factual errors I feel the need to correct them on. I generally keep my posting on Facebook, with very occasional exceptions, to sports or other non-controversial topics. I hate to say it, but most of my Republican friends tend to be the low information types. Very rudimentary understanding of politics, how policies relate to their lives, history, etc. Generally my friends I consider the less intelligent friends are the Republicans. They usually have other great qualities, like loyal friends, good family people, funny. But smart or really interesting? No. Some have interest in politics, but fall into that FOX trap where they're getting their info from right wing sources and that's all they know. My liberal friends tend to be much better informed. They are better critical thinkers, better understanding of history, law (I'm now a lawyer btw), political history, policy, etc.

Yet the Republicans tend to be the loudest on Facebook. You get a full range there too. From the Obama is from Kenya types to those who think they're deep thinking Republicans in the Paul Ryan mold (which is a laugh in and of itself). I've seen compliments recently about how great a thinker Krauthammer is (another laugh) from two different people. One guy has been going off on how Gallup is the "gold standard" and the only poll that matters and that has Romney up 7. When I pointed out Saturday that poll hasn't been done in a week due to Hurricane Sandy and its internals indicate the range is due to running up the score in the south and losing everywhere else he argued with me a week makes no difference and the running up the score in the south meme was a false lie by "the race-baiters on MSNBC" Today, I felt compelled to point out to him that Gallup now had it 49-48 and Obama leading with RVs and historically Pew has been far more accurate anyways. No response.

Which brings me to my next point. They've gotten far quieter on Facebook. There were a few stray comments, including one today how Obama will lead early tomorrow but then fall behind when everyone else who was at work votes (OMG knee slapper.....these morons have no idea how they fuck themselves supporting who they do! But good joke!), but the constant conservative circle jerks about Benghazi, Taxes, or whatever else the FOX talking points of the moment are have definitely slowed significantly in the last week or two.

And I'm wondering, if you go by volume of comments, these generally loudmouths have suddenly shut up more and more the last 10 days as things turned Obama's way, whether anyone else has had this experience with their conservative friends?

I do think I am gonna have to fire one shot tomorrow night, as I've earned it and generally keep things apolitical both on Facebook and in person. And that is, being in Massachusetts, I'm gonna put my status at "Buh Bye" and then "Buh Bye Again" when Scott Brown and then Mitt Romney both lose tomorrow. Fuck it. I've had to read their conspiracy theories, FOXbot parroting and just ill informed nonsense long enough, that's what I'm planning. And I will love it!

Anyone else notice quiet among their GOP Facebook friends has suddenly increased quite a bit? Got any Facebook shots planned for tomorrow?

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  •  I can't be friends with racists, misogynists, (3+ / 0-)
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    devis1, DemFromPit, blueoasis

    bigots, homophobes or selfish liars. Life's too short.

    While I tolerate them as acquaintances, I could never develop a true close friendship with a modern day Fox News watching Republican.

    These aren't the moderate conservatives of my grandparents' era.

  •  I just posted to facebook... (6+ / 0-)

    about the homophobic asshole challenging Brown in Ohio and how his own family took out an ad against him. All my GOP "friends" on facebook are either gay or gay friendly so that's the type of button I like to push!

    Come to think of it, they've been pretty quiet lately.

    Just another faggity fag socialist fuckstick homosinner!

    by Ian S on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:07:37 PM PST

  •  I'm the same way (7+ / 0-)

    I live/grew up in the rural South.  Most of my friends from back home tend to be conservative, while almost all of my friends from college/grad school are liberal and much more informed.

    I certainly give the enthusiasm edge to my liberal friends right now, although I removed or hid posts from their annoying conservative counterparts.  (I just can't handle the ALL CAPS !!!! posts regurgitating the worst RW talking points.)  However, I think most of my friends - especially those in the middle or apolitical - are very much tired of the election in general.  More and more, I see people posting that they're tired of friends clogging their newsfeeds with it all.

  •  I have republican friends but no Tea party friends (4+ / 0-)

    I lost a long time friend over this election and I don't care, I found out not only do we have nothing in common, we don't share the same values. The rest of them I point out lies, beg them to fact check, tell them they are on my last nerve and suddenly today nothing everyone is quiet. What a relief! Oddly, most of my friends are democrats or at the very least liberal, and more than half of them I don't even know because we play Mafia Wars or Farmville.

  •  Ridiculously similar here. . . (5+ / 0-)

    I have a large number of business associates across the country and while there have been only a handful who regularly post the Fox nonsense, they are loud, repetitive and have never heard of snopes.com.  I generally remain positive in my posts, but I got so fed up with the muslim wedding ring, Benghazi garbage, etc ad nauseum, I have posted stories from DK and others that either refute the RW noise, or tout some accomplishment. In the last week since Sandy, I have noticed almost a deafening silence.

    The man who fears no truth has nothing to fear from lies. T. Jefferson

    by NoOnGluten on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:10:51 PM PST

  •  I have a few old FB friends with whom I've had (5+ / 0-)

    Huge political arguments.

    In each case, they got very quiet when I stopped arguing and instead just asked if they wanted to bet.

    Until the economy recovers, I'll settle for cheap laughs

    by Clyde the Cat on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:23:19 PM PST

  •  My wife has a FB account. (6+ / 0-)

    She says that yes, the frequency has dropped because as soon as she hears some right wing crap from them, she blocks them.

  •  Most of my FB friends have avoided political (4+ / 0-)

    stuff.  But the few rightwing friends that I have had pretty much kept it to "liking" snippy little captioned images put out by various rightwing organizations or "I Like Mitt" images.  None have posted actual thoughts or feelings about the candidates or the state of the country.  Personally I've generally avoided direct attacks on rightwing candidates for the most part.  I tend to "Like" and share informational pieces from the sites like the NYTimes or TPM.  For example, today I shared a Thinkprogress post on the potential chaos in Ohio tomorrow.

  •  My republican (5+ / 0-)

    friends were huffing and puffing after the 1st debate. I haven't heard much from them since. They are awfully quiet.

    I made a bet with one of them. The loser treats the winner to Smith & Wollensky's. Every time I see him I saw 'well done please'... he just smiles.  

  •  I was writing up an epic rant for tomorrow (6+ / 0-)

    but then I just stopped. You know, as great as it would be to conjure up a beautiful missive which utterly destroys all of their racist, pandering, lying BS, it's just not worth it. It wont change their minds and all it will do is start more drama. Close friends will get involved, insults will be thrown around and in the end it will just do more harm than good. I stay silent on FB (when I post political stuff, I make sure only my known liberal friends can see, since I want to be polite and avoid drama), but some of these people just make me seethe.

    One of my good friends is already pumping the "Mandatory drug tests for welfare recipients are argument proof!" well again. Of course, I come at him with the law (my field) and the facts, and I'm now advocating illegal drug use. Logic!!

  •  The inaccuracy is what kills me. (2+ / 0-)
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    GDoyle, efrenzy

    Today someone posted a pic of O carrying Fareed Zakaria's book " Post American World.". The horror!! Plus the  writer's a Muslim!!  This needs to go viral!!  

    I chose not to engage.  I took the person off my newsfeed, as I have done several  others.  

    And yes  I have seen a drop off lately.

  •  My experience on FB. (5+ / 0-)

    I've been pretty quiet on FB for awhile in regards to politics, mostly because I've been too busy with other things. But for the past couple of weeks I've been hitting it pretty hard.

    The Dem/Republican ratio on my friends list is something like 6/129. Yes, I live in Republican-heavy TN. I have been a Democrat all of my 46 years. Most of my FB friends have been pretty quiet over the past few weeks but a few have amped up the number of posts. Like you, most of my R friends are uninformed and un-interested in getting informed. When they do post stuff, I usually respond. However, when I post stuff in support of Democrats and the president, they rarely respond.

    I had one friend who I had to kick off my friends list. He was a birther who kept posting articles from WND. I pointed out the errors in Dr. Corsi's investigation in one article, and my friend never bothered to check what I was pointing out as errors. He insisted that his evidence was "solid." I mean, jeez, when stuff that is presented as proof of forgery shows up on someone else's B/C that the good doctor used as comparison to show Obama's was fake, your level of credibility kind of gets shot to hell. But not in my friend's eyes. Oh no.

    And then there was the time he insisted that the Constitution was based on Bible passages. He was extremely religious. I asked him to prove it was Bible based, and specifically asked for HIS opinion. So what does he do? He goes and cuts-and-pastes someone else's proof. It was too easy to spot.

    So our battles went back and forth for a year or so. But the final straw came when President Obama awarded Tennessee VOLS coach Pat Summitt with the Medal of Freedom and my friend, who was born and raised in TN and still lives here, criticized it. I posted a picture on FB of Obama placing the award around her neck and commented on how proud I was of her and how she so deserved it. So my friend had to be a smart ass and ask what her being a coach has to do with freedom. He says that Obama didn't understand the criteria for selecting recipients. I pointed out the criteria for selecting recipients by linking him to the actual text. Yes, he said, but still it has nothing to do with freedom. She's "just a coach."

    So I pointed out to him that President Kennedy amended the criteria. Still no effect on his opinion. I then say, well, if President Obama got it wrong, then so did all 9 other Presidents who also awarded it during their respective administrations over the past 50 years. And he agreed with me! I pointed out that hundreds of people have received the award, including people with different careers and contributions to society. Still didn't change his mind.

    I was not giving up. I finally pointed out that the very first person to receive the award, given by Kennedy after he amended it, was a painter. He finally apologized and admitted he was wrong. Took 3 days for that to happen. But it did not last long. The next day he smarted off again and said that Obama probably awarded Pat the award only to get the southern vote. And he also said it figures it would take a Democrat (Kennedy) to screw up the criteria and how "funny" that was to him when he thought about it.

    Oh, I forgot to mention that after the first day of all this happening, I plainly told him that he was such a dick for acting the way he did. He got offended, and said I should apologize. I refused, saying again that he was a dick because that's the way he was acting. He insisted that I apologize to him on FB. I refused. So I thought long and hard about dropping him from my friends list, an act I do not take lightly. But I had had enough of his crap. In the end, I went through with it and so far have not regretted it.

    As for other friends, and friends of friends, when they bitch about Obama I ask them for specifics. And 99.9% of the time they cannot respond. Just last night a friend admitted that he was "out of the loop" as he really didn't understand what the big deal was with Florida's long lines at early voting. At least he was honest about it.

    I'm getting ready to post a link to actress Tracy Nelson's video of the problems she has had getting insurance after dealing with cancer for many years. Have you seen it? You really need to watch it. It's in one of the diaries posted today. Couldn't watch all of it at work today because the video froze up on my phone, but what I saw was heart-breaking. I'm going to post it and ask my friends how they can support a man for president who will do everything in his power to ensure that Tracy and people like her will continue to suffer.

    Sorry this is so long. Have a good evening, folks.

  •  Maybe write: (1+ / 0-)
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    GDoyle

    Only four more years until Hilary Clinton is elected president.

    "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

    by CFAmick on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 09:39:44 PM PST

  •  I've Seen a Bit of a Drop-Off in the Past 2 Weeks. (3+ / 0-)
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    myboo, GDoyle, DemFromPit

    I'd say 25-35% of my facebook friends are Republicans/Teapublicans and they don't post as much political stuff as they did 3-4 months ago.

    One has been amping up the Tea Party site stuff lately by sharing posts from the Tea Party and the "Kitchen Cabinet" at a rate of 3-4 posts a day for the last four or five days. But I'm pretty sure dude is in desperation mode now, much like the Romney Campaign.

    Obamacare is upheld by the SCOTUS. Time for some Kossacks to eat a plate of crow.

    by kefauver on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 09:46:02 PM PST

  •  Yep. (2+ / 0-)
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    DemFromPit, GDoyle

    The ones who were yelling the loudest have all disappeared the last couple of day.

    "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell."

    by Notthemayor on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 10:05:51 PM PST

  •  I don't have a single Republican among my friends (2+ / 0-)
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    GDoyle, UniC

    (that I know of). I used to have one, but when he waved me off with "I'm too busy to look at all that stuff" when I'd rebuffed all his stupid arguments against Obamacare with citations and links (including to the original document). He wasn't worth getting upset over, so I unfriended him. Gosh, that was easy.

    It's not just a zip code, it's an attitude.

    by sboucher on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 10:40:58 PM PST

  •  blocked two (0+ / 0-)

    over a picture that stated that they went to the welfare office and got denied so they asked if their dog could get it because she is a lazy good for nothing bitch. That person and I got in a flame war over it and well the second was an old backstabbing best friend who chimed in. She shouldn't of chimed in since i had her blocked but she has a habit of making new profiles because the wives of the husbands she gives her std to hound her after awhile. The others I just bite my tongue.

    For today August 9 I found a signature. I am a badger in heart today. Fight on Wisconsin.

    by the mom in the middle on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 12:33:08 PM PST

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