Q: My friend is still very upset about how the last national election turned out. He brings it up all of the time, complaining about how much better things would be if his party had won instead of mine. I am tired of it but haven’t said anything. What do I do?
A: Speak up! Your friend will continue to complain if he doesn’t know you are upset by it. Simply suggest that for the sake of your friendship, you two don’t talk politics. (Believe me, many friends and families have this same rule!) When he starts in, politely remind him of your agreement and then change the subject. Do this enough times and hopefully he’ll get the message that this particular friendship works better without political opinions!