Political Passion

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Imagine star-crossed lovers living in a country so politically divided that the two sides have forgotten how to talk to — never mind live with each other. That situation may well describe the social fabric in America today. Rather than trying to hash out their political differences, Americans seem to be more comfortable sticking with people of their own partisan tribe. This increasing trend toward polarization is leaving bipartisan lovers in need of a referee and a counselor. It is also sparking a slew of websites that allow ideologically committed singles to seek out only politically correct partners.


Frances Coleman, editorial page editor at the Mobile Register

Kelly O’Neal, Democratic online dater on ActforLove.org

Anthony Krueger, Republican online dater on RepublicanSingles.com

David Thorburn, professor and director of the MIT Communications Forum, co-editor of “Democracy and New Media.”