[Ed. – I think what we need is a nice 20-30-year run of a whole lot more married couples with kids in Washington, D.C.]
When she first moved to DC, a former Obama White House staffer who now works at the Aspen Institute was set up on a date with a Republican who worked on Capitol Hill. “We had a really nice time, but at the end of the date, he told me he didn’t believe in global warming,” she says. “I started laughing, because I’m from Colorado and didn’t realize people actually didn’t believe in global warming. But he was serious.”
They didn’t go out again.
Republicans say it’s liberals who are more likely to turn down someone across the aisle. “Democrats are usually more vocal” about their opposition, the Trump staffer says, and therefore quicker to demonize all conservatives. …
But some are able to make it work, like two congressional staffers who identified themselves as Kate, a Democrat who voted for Clinton, and Bill, a Trump-supporting Republican. Kate spent her childhood learning about the GOP from Democrats instead of from the source, she says, which tinged her perspective growing up. Dating Bill has helped her see past the stereotypes, she says.