Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: Good one, Ann...
I am amazed how far she is able to take it. Its a freshman level debating technique known as the "straw man". You create a scarecrow of your enemy made out of distortions and then knock him down based on those distortions. I can see why she never made it as a lawyer, given that one-tool toolbox she carries around - her adversaries in court must have made mincemeant out of her.
To me, she exemplifies the total loss of intellectual argument on the right. With the exception of a few, like Jonah Goldberg and Krauthammer, the entire right wing has adopted this technique as their intellectual base becomes those great philosophical minds on the talk-radio and rightwing "I hate liberals" book circuit. Sadly, chief among them is Bush - listen to his speeches (if you can bear it) and you will find that throughout the election they were nothing more than 30 minutes of screeching about Kerry, filled with Coulter-like straw man distortions of his statements and voting record. Same with Cheney.
I read a very good article last night in which the author said that in the end, this mode of attack was a huge tactical error on the Bush team's part. They filled the airwaves with what was essentially a caricature of Kerry, and when he stepped up to the podium in the debates and people saw the real man instead of the straw man the Republican attack machine created, two hundred million in Republican ad money went up in smoke. People's expectations of Kerry had been so lowered by months of vicious Swift Boat smear and months of "flipper flopper" attacks, silly photos of Kerry in a bunny suit, constant accusations of a man who was undistinguished in the Senate and was Kennedy's stooge, that most people expected to see an utter nincompoop on the stage. When Bush actually looked more like a caricature in his debate performance and Kerry appeared statesman-like and presidential, the wheels came off the entire Bush campaign.