In Seattle, is it now taboo to be friends with a Republican?

In Seattle, is it now taboo to be friends with a Republican?
Kshama Sawant (Image via Twitter)

Can we just get along?

…The answer, right now, would appear to be a resounding no.

It’s not because we can’t. We don’t want to.

I had that thought the other day when I was listening to the Seattle City Council…. The council was debating the juvenile-justice issue….

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[E]veryone in the room seemed aligned that incarcerating kids is to be avoided, and that other forms of justice and rehabilitation should be pursued, except maybe in the most extreme violent cases.

One council member, Tim Burgess, tried to highlight this basic agreement by noting that “even some of our Republican friends” have been calling for seismic changes to the incarceration system….

Kshama Sawant wasn’t having any of that. She stood up and said Burgess wasn’t speaking for her with this “our Republican friends” stuff. Because, she assured the crowd, she doesn’t have any Republican friends.

Yay, cheered the crowd.

Now it’s hardly surprising that Sawant, a socialist, isn’t having GOPers over for mint juleps. But it’s pretty unusual to my ears for a politician to boast that her tribalism excludes even the possibility of warm feelings toward political opponents, even as humans.

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