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How to Date a Member of the Opposite Party

Don't let your political leanings ruin your new relationship. Even if you and your favorite little politico are on opposite sides of the party line, you can still have quite a party.


  • Step 1: Embrace the media We know it’s not your favorite thing to do, but suck it up, keep your comments to yourself, and devote a night to sharing their favorite partisan media with them. Your sweetheart will appreciate the effort.
  • Step 2: Check yourself and zone out If you find yourself speechifying about the splendors of your party, try to curb yourself. And when your other half is droning on, put on an interested face and take the opportunity to zone out.
  • TIP: We know you’ve got strong opinions, but try to soften your tone when you’re talking to your special someone.
  • Step 3: Find something to like about the other party Find something, no matter how small, to like about their political party.
  • Step 4: Talk about other topics Come on… you guys must have more on your minds than politics, right? Talk about that stuff—especially if it’s stuff you both enjoy and agree on.
  • Step 5: Take it out on the gym Push your pent-up frustration towards fitness.
  • Step 6: Capitalize on the "opposites attract" idea Opposites attract, and if James Carville and Mary Matalin can make it work, so can you. Turn those debates about government intervention and military spending into just another kind of foreplay, and invite your hot opponent to a bipartisan caucus… in the bedroom.
  • Step 7: Remember why you're there At the heart of it all, remember—you’re attracted to the person, not the party affiliation.
  • FACT: According to a survey, nearly 70% of participants would date someone with opposing political views.

You Will Need

  • Patience and other interests
  • Media from both sides of the fence
  • An active libido
  • A gym

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