Friday, September 20, 2002

Coulter Logic

I recently got into an argument with a friend about Ann Coulter's basic problems with logic. I mean, she's clearly got a problem with using facts to bolster her positions (as people with much more time than I have pointed out here, here, and here, among other places), but my problems with her are that she's just not a very big fan of logic.

Take this, for example: Ms. Coulter has said in Slander that conservatives do not stoop to name-calling, while liberals do it all the time. Then she wrote a few weeks ago that the Kennedys were "a family of heroin addicts, statutory rapists, convicted and unconvicted female-killers, cheaters, bootleggers and dissolute drunks." Newt Gingrich, as Dr. Limerick points out, once issued a memo that suggested said Republicans should use words like "sick, traitors, destructive, corrupt, bizarre, cheat, and steal" when talking about their Democratic opponents.

So, there are two choices here. The first and most probable is that Ann Coulter is just a person who twists the truth to suit her needs. The second demands the following syllogism:

No conservatives call people names.

Ann Coulter and Newt Gingrich (and other Republicans) call people names.

Ann Coulter and Newt Gingrich are not conservatives.

Perhaps that's the problem our party faces, fellow Democrats. We don't even know who we're fighting against.


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