Tactics: ad hominem

Peter Wehner describes three media personalities and suggests Ad Hominem Attacks Are Not Necessary.

It’s hard to know whether these pundits understand how stupid and childish their rants are, or whether they’re so blinded by their ideology they don’t understand it’s not really appropriate to refer to people with whom you disagree on taxes as Wahhabis, suicide bombers and members of a death cult.

As for the ‘both sides do it’ crowd, this particular tactic takes a lot of stretching to fit the desired outcome. Wehner says “it would be nice if a few liberals who pretend to care about the quality of our political dialogue – at this point I’d settle for one” – and it seems that he does have a point.

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