Our local paper wrote a very nice article about Marin’s hidden conservatives. I feature prominently as one of those who likes to keep my identity secret, but the article also names a lot of people much braver than I am who have gone public.
Part of their bravery stems, I’m sure, from their personalities, but I suspect some of it has to do with being lifelong Republicans (those who were open about their politics before the world went mad).
In my own defense, my secretiveness also has to do with the fact that I now have a huge body of written work, some of it written in more strident terms than I would ever use conversationally. That is, I’ve created a persona that isn’t the same as the real me, and I don’t like the thought of people approaching me aggressively based upon my writings, rather than socially, based upon my actual, somewhat softer personality.
UPDATE: Another secret Marin conservative just came out of the closet. If he’s the person I’m pretty sure he is, I’ve known him for years, and can’t say enough good things about him. He is one of the most decent people I’ve ever met. It’s so funny to think that we stood side by side on soccer fields for dozens of games and practices without either of us knowing that we both kept the same secret.