UPDATE: Come into the comments to discuss the episode. If you haven't seen it, watch out for spoilers inside.
ANOTHER UPDATE: There's a nascent Television Without Pity forum thread for Ted, the guy Claire asked the quoted question. It begins:
Well, I guess it had to happen sooner or later. One HBO show had to have an out & proud Republican.
MORE: The Ted thread isn't there anymore, but it's nice to know that Ted went on to be a very important character, who was always respected by the show's writers.