So as we get deeper and deeper into the national political season (US), I need to get some good polite one-liners or beandips. Especially for phone calls from our members, but also general consumers.
*Background...I work for a non-profit organization that is partly governmental, but has a consumer side. I deal with many different people in a day. Last presidential campaign I had 2-3 callers during the heat of the campaign badger me about voting a particluar way. The worse call was a member who as I tried to end the main part of our call started in on the two people running for office. I hemmed slightly that I do plan on voting. He insisted that I vote for one person. Well, the day of I will be voting for who I think will be the best person. Well, that, he decided would be HIS man. Hmmm, thanks for calling. He tried to continue more to make me promise to vote for his man. I made some vague comment and ended the call.
Most side background - most people in my organization are Orange...very very Orange. There are a few Purples, but not many. Within the office I mainly just avoid conversations or walk on if I can. One time I couldn't. A very Orange co-worker was waxing poetic about a local canidate for a state office. And kept looking at me saying "You KNOW the purple canidate has no background in this office." Finally I got feed up and said, "Not that it really is your business but I was planning on voting for Mr Orange since I had done some research on both canidates." "Oh," she said, " thought you were Purple." I grinned and my filter broke. "Nope, not purple or orange, I am more dangerous since I am an independent voter who researchs all canidates, even other parties." Bad Ginger. (she still is friendly to me, but never mentions politics)
So I am looking for some nice stock phrases to keep at my desk for calls to tie up conversations. For me it is sort of like I am stuck with some callers. Think the poor waitress or store clerk that has to listen to a customer rant but can't comment back.
Any good phrases that have gotten you off the political hook?