My Thanksgiving Dream Come True

I know that according to Blog Law I should be writing something meaningful about Thanksgiving, and all the things for which I am grateful. And I am by all means grateful for my charmed life. Of course I would be most thankful if my family members engage in antics that give me solid blog material. I live for something wacky to happen so I can write about it.

I think that rigorous political debate around the dinner table is the hallmark of civilized society, and is certainly alive and well in my family. By “rigorous political debate” I mean being reduced to spouting half-truths and name calling. That’s what I call fun! And that’s why I can’t help but love this particular marketing piece I received from the DNC today:

This time of year, the only thing more annoying than holiday traffic is an awkward conversation with family about politics.


Don’t get me wrong — I love the Republicans in my life. But nothing ruins a slice of pecan pie faster than talking through immigration reform with a cousin who spends too much time listening to Rush Limbaugh.

That’s why we’re launching And if you want to make sure that the political debates around your dinner table this Thanksgiving stay tethered to reality, you should check it out.

Regardless of your political persuasion, whether you are the lesser of two evils a Democrat, delusional a Republican, or even having a psychotic break a member of the Tea Party, you have to appreciate an absolutely brilliant marketing campaign. You have to. Those are the rules.

So in addition to being grateful for good health, a wonderful husband, a loving family, amazing friends, four beautiful cats, and all that other crap I’m supposed to be thinking about right now, I am astoundingly grateful for the intern Senior Strategist who came up with this idea. The website has many great tidbits from which to choose, but I am particularly fond of this one:


Because your Republican uncle no doubt went to the School of Don’t Blow Smoke Up My Ass, and harbors a vague suspicion of scientists and all their so-called proven facts.

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, and to my closest family and friends, please, please do something either brilliant or idiotic that my readers might enjoy.

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20 Responses to My Thanksgiving Dream Come True

  1. bethteliho says:

    THIS is so funny! And so true. We avoid religion and politics at any get together…I mean REALLY avoid it, like to the point if it’s brought up we’ll make an excuse and walk out of the room cuz there are some extremists in our group that we don’t like to encourage (also the reason my family STILL doesn’t know I’m on FB)! Lol. The funniest thing, my husband often goes on road trips with groups of guys for triathlons and he says he’s always blown away how often politics comes up among others on the road! It’s so predictable now, one guy will bring something up…another will take the bait…and all the sudden it’s a debate between two dudes for the next 4 hours. My husband just keeps his mouth shut. He knows better!

    • Jill Foer Hirsch says:

      At a certain point I told my family we should all just agree ahead of time what we were going to fight about, that way we could prepare ahead of time. We couldn’t agree to agree on that…

  2. The Regular Guy NYC says:

    Love it! One thing we learned was to never talk about politics and religion at a party. Makes it nicer that way. Hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving!

  3. Valerie says:

    One of my favorite posts! Lol!

  4. Deb says:

    I can always count on you for a laugh. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Myrna Rubenstein says:

    I am thankful that our family is filled with brilliant, clever people like you.

  6. Debbie says:

    I love it Jill! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  7. mimijk says:

    Love this – and SOOOO identify. We’ll compare notes! Happy Turkey Day! xoxo

  8. katecrimmins says:

    Maybe I’ll join you. This year my Thanksgiving dinner will be populated by dull people. Although there is an extremely conservative republican attending, I intend to give him too much booze early on so he naps.

    • Jill Foer Hirsch says:

      The one thing you can say about my family is that we are never boring! And each and every one of us has an opinion on everything. And my opinion is of course the right opinion. Yep, good times!

  9. Jill Foer Hirsch says:

    I was actually thinking of you with the climate change note. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  10. Heather says:

    I love it!

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