DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: The guy who lives two doors down from us has just won a primary election for state senate, and now he has begun pushing hard on getting those votes for November.
As a neighbor, he is okay, but he and I have very different political views, and he seems set on trying to “convert” me, as he puts it, to his way of thinking, which ain’t happening.
No matter how much I tell him I have no interest in hearing more about him and his fellow candidates, he just keeps trying to slip politics into every conversation I have with him.
What more can I do to shut this guy up? My wife suggested we put up a yard sign for the guy’s opponent, who I personally can’t stand, but maybe it would get my neighbor to take a hint. --- NOT IN HIS PARTY
DEAR NOT IN HIS PARTY: I’m not sure if your wife’s suggestion of posting the opponent’s yard sign will work or backfire. It’s possible it would just inspire your politician neighbor to push his candidacy and political agenda even harder with you.
Since he’s incapable of turning off his campaigning mode, perhaps the most effective tactic to adopt in order to help you keep your temper is to also keep your distance from him as much as is politely possible, at least until after the election. Trading quick pleasantries and then hurrying on your way may be the best you can do for now.
Whether he wins or loses in a few months, I’m guessing he’s likely to continue being outspoken about his politics, so good neighbors though you are in general, I don’t see you two ever being more than that any time soon.