The political season is upon us. And as a single woman in the good ol' US of A, I'm free to share my views openly and without fear of recourse. Well... sort of.
A 2015 study by Match.com found a good-natured political discussion could boost chances of a second date by 91%. But for those of us with long-established partners of varying political persuasions -- or for diehard Clintonites who discover they're halfway through a first date with a rabid Trump fan -- talking politics can be absolutely gruesome. In these instances, do you abort the issue? Watch the debates in secrecy? Have an all-out screaming match and never talk to each other again?
To give us a more PC perspective on how to address the elephant (or donkey) in the room, we consulted with Diane Gottsman, national etiquette expert and founder of The Protocol School of Texas.