Here’s this nugget from the San Francisco Chronicle…

In Elko, Obama tried to anticipate his critics and called on the crowd of about 1,500 to sharpen their elbows, too.

“I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face,” he said.

“And if they tell you that, ‘Well, we’re not sure where he stands on guns.’ I want you to say, ‘He believes in the Second Amendment.’ If they tell you, ‘Well, he’s going to raise your taxes,’ you say, ‘No, he’s not, he’s going lower them.’ You are my ambassadors. You guys are the ones who can make the case.”

All I know is, someone arguing with me and getting in my face reaaaaallly does a great job of convincing me the error of my ways and will make me change my stand. Especially a family member.  And regardless of the outcome, we may not be healed enough in our post-partisan world to enable us to have polite banter at the Thanksgiving dinner table.

Remember the basics of Argument 101: as soon as someone raises the voice, gets in the face and/or hurls insults…they’ve pretty much lost.