If you follow politics, chances are you've seen odd couple Mary Matalin and James Carville engaged in one of their signature debates. Carville, a Democrat and former Bill Clinton strategist, and Matalin, a Republican consultant, have been married for almost 20 years, despite their very different political views. But as the U.S. becomes increasingly divided along political lines, bipartisan couples like the Matalin-Carvilles could become even more of a rarity. That's what 27-year-old Californian Alexander Fondrier is betting, at least.
For singles interested in dating people with similar politics, Fondrier has launched BlueStateDate.Com and RedStateDate.com, two new dating websites which divide the dating pool along political lines. Users are asked to outline their views on social, economic and foreign policy issues when they sign up. The sites then match up like-minded members. According to Fondrier, the BlueStateDate and RedStateDate are intended to stymie political disagreements before they even start. “While, for many people, it’s not a make-or-break issue at the beginning, it can very well evolve into one if you hide or suppress your political values until later on in the relationship," he told Politico.
In promotional videos for each site (watch below), a young liberal woman and a young conservative man are shocked and appalled to to learn that the person they've been flirting with holds contrary political views. In the RedStateDate.com version, a young conservative man begins to weep when he learns that the girl he hit it off with committed such cardinal sins as spending the last three years working for GreenPeace, having a soy Thanksgiving turkey and (gasp!) voting for Dennis Kucinich. In the BlueStateDate.com version, the young liberal woman is aghast to discover that the man who caught her eye carries a gun in his pocket and has a photo of Sarah Palin as his phone background.
Sites like RedStateDate and BlueStateDate may not do anything to lessen the United States' political divide, but some see the logic in dating someone with similar politics. Jezebel's Erin Gloria Ryan suggested that agreeing on defense spending and the appropriate size of government might force couples to focus on each other and their relationship more. Arguments, she wrote, will have to be about "even dumber crap, like who does the dishes more or what person's favorite bands suck less."
So what do you think? Do sites RedStateDate and BlueStateDate contribute to the negative political climate or do they make sense? And have you ever dated someone with differing political views? Tell us your story in the comments!