The Right Friend

| January 17, 2001

The Right Friend, Michael Tedder, Ironminds
To all of you liberal folks who go to bed every night secure in the knowledge that you are sufficiently open-minded, Michael Tedder of Ironminds throws down a challenge: try making friends with a Republican. In an amusing essay, Tedder describes his 10-year friendship with Shaun, a complex fellow who's into the Ramones, porn, substance abuse and....George W. Bush. The friendship is a study in contrasts, but it allows Tedder the opportunity to reflect on his own liberal-perhaps overly-sensitive-political beliefs. 'While Shaun is still pro-choice,' Tedder writes, 'he's sick of people who are too stupid to use condoms. I agree, actually. But I don't have the gall to say it out loud. Wouldn't want to hurt anybody's feelings, after all.' Although the friendship continues, Tedder claims 'being friends with Republicans is [a] true challenge.'
--Anjula Razdan
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