Saturday, June 25, 2005

Walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, but I never said it was a duck

John Cole over at Balloon Juice has the vapors over Karl Rove’s speech and inadvisably turns his attention back to the statement of Dick Durbin. He posts the key part of Durbin’s speech that got him in trouble and declares:

No matter how many times you say it, he did not call our soldiers Nazis. He just didn't. It was a stupid remark to make given that he had to know it would be distorted, but there is no way to claim he called the troops Nazis unless you just see whatever you want to see.
Now if I read this to you and didn’t tell you that it was a blogger describing Dick Durbin’s speech, you most certainly believe this must have been posted by a half-baked hack who listens to Michael Bolton records and has no concern for the tenets of logical rhetoric. Sadly, this is not the case.

See that?: I never actually called John Cole a half-baked hack who listens to Michael Bolton records. Free and clear, baby! (BTW, at my peril, I defended Cole's free-speech position last week).

1 comment:

Rick said...

The vapors continue. God bless John, but he has no sense whatever on when to stop digging.

Actually, I sense he's allowed the odd, Kos-linked popularity to herd him in certain, approved directions. IOW, not so much a contrary, populist independent thinker, but a popularity seeker.

Of course I could be wrong, but that's what I suspect, having witnessed the decline over the past few months.