I collect political buttons.
During the 04' election I asked my wife to drop by the local Democratic headquarters to pick up Kerry button for me. She is not political at all ...and doesn't tend to get into discourse as I do.
At the headquarters she saw an old friend who was supporting Kerry and talked to her for several minutes. There was no animosity between them.
As the conversation progressed more volunteers got into the conversation....but the mistake came when she answered another volunteer's question ...."So are voting for Kerry?" Well...when she said she was voting for Bush...she just wanted a button for her husband...the whole place erupted.
Her friend pretty much stayed out of it...but every volunteer started murmuring and then when she continued to stay and talk to her friend...they went and got the headquaters manager to throw her out. He was belligerant and got into her face......It was unbelieveably telling.
I've been collecting these things for over 20 years and I haven't ever run into this type of thing...but I learned alot that day about the kind of tolerance praciticed by the Democrats in my home town.