Tactics that win mean we all loose

DJ Drummon thinks the bastards won. It isn’t the outcome of the argument that is at issue but rather the tactics of argument. Tactics of tantrum have been yet reinforced.

But there were many who took great enjoyment in deliberately casting the White House Counsel as an unintelligent woman. There were many who actually claimed to know that Miers, despite signing a clear anti-Roe statement on multiple occasions, was somehow plotting to promote Abortion as a legal right. There were many who regularly took up character assassination as their mietre against Miers, insulting her personally and misrepresenting her credentials in order to attack her. She was insulted for her appearance, for casual communications, for old speeches made before she knew the President and worked for him, for graduating from a non-Ivy League school, for not impressing various unelected big-name figureheads. Such tactics are unconscionable, and exactly the sort which were used against Clarence Thomas, when he stood as a nominee. Miers was held to an impossible standard, for no better reason than petulance and a demand that the President not make his own choices, but choose only from a list created for him by special-interest groups. Such people are bastards, and since their method has come to success, those methods will certainly be used again.

The Miers ‘debate’ was much like the Schiavo fracas where some of the most prominent on the right showed that they were human too. That they could be as mean and bad spirited and intellectually dishonest in their arguments as those on the left.

Even in Drummond’s analysis, those who are its target often avoid addressing the issues raised. Instead, they slough it off and minimize it through misrepresentation, ad hominem, misdirection, denial, and straw men. i.e. more of the same despicable tactics. Why use these tactics? Because, since Bork, they have proven to be effective. Like a child with a tantrum getting what he wants, we as a society are catering to the tantrum and loosing something very valuable.

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