“For crime of hanging out with a Republican, Democratic state senator fires staffer,” according to this Daily Caller story:

A recent college graduate and aide to Colorado state Senator Irene Aguilar was fired from his job because he visited the office of a friend who worked for a Republican.

Tyler Drum, who graduated from Colorado State University last year, told Campus Reform that his friendship with Republicans made Sen. Aguilar uncomfortable, though she did not formally give a reason for his firing.

“Partisanship runs much deeper than I thought,” he said in an interview with Campus Reform. “I thought this would happen on the Republican side.”

Drum, now unemployed, has lost some of his faith in the Democratic Party.

“Now I’m a disenchanted Democrat,” he said. “This was my first job after graduating, [the Democrats] don’t care about my situation, they don’t care to know who I am.”

As Charles Krauthammer said almost 12 years ago, “To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.” Perhaps there’s more to the story than the Daily Caller is reporting, but based on their article, it’s almost as if the left views Republicans as some sort of strange, alien — evil — other, who must not be associated with, lest ideological contamination occur.

Someone should do a blog post rounding up additional examples of this awful turn in American politics. Oh, and note this:

“The Democratic Party is not as tolerant and accepting as I had thought,” he told The DC.

Breaking news from 1861, 1914, 1942, 1963, 2008, and 2009.