“I Can’t Bear to Know …”

I’m aware of more and more friendships in which politics are verboten to preserve the friendship. At least one person can’t bear to know how another has voted or plans to: if the answer is as suspected, mutual trust and liking would evaporate and the friendship would be lost.

The upcoming election is much less likely to be decided by flag-wavers and lawn-sign-planters of either persuasion than it is by people enmeshed in these sorts of friendships.

And the health of those friendships on the day after — whenever that comes, and whatever the result — will tell us a lot about where the country’s going next.