I WAS AT A PARTY RECENTLY when the subject of Mitt Romney’s comment about 47 percent of the country being dependent on the government came up. Everyone agreed it was a lousy thing to say. “I wonder what a Republican on welfare would think of it,” someone said.
In the awkward silence that followed, it occurred to me that I would have no idea, because I don’t have a single close friend who’s a Republican — and very few GOP acquaintances. This realization made me incredibly sad. Not because it’s my civic duty to pal around with conservatives, but because it speaks to the balkanized state of our union.