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  •  When they say that (12+ / 0-)

    There is invariably a context in which the comment is made illustrating the lack of difference.  Sometimes the comment is made in general terms, which reflects boiling-over frustration.  In saying, "Hey, what about..." the argument is frequently -- and often accurately -- perceived as a lame attempt to change the subject from what is being complained about at the time.  A more effective response might be, "Yeah, that sucks.  Let's all try to change it."

    By removing most such comments from their relevant context, you present a disingenuous version of the opposing argument.  It's much easier to dismiss that way.  There is a name for this tactic.

    If you want more Democratic voters to get better judges, it is counterproductive to scapegoat your most disaffected allies.  

    We have always been at war with al Qaeda.

    by Dallasdoc on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 10:49:35 AM PDT

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    •  Can you imagine for a moment if Obama (5+ / 0-)

      had appointed someone from the far left, that the republicans wouldn't filibuster?

    •  too simple (0+ / 0-)

      For one thing, do you know what it's like to try to carry on a discussion with someone who sticks words in your mouth while complaining that you're taking his or her words seriously? It's no longer a discussion. People have to be at least somewhat accountable for what they choose to say.

      I agree that none of us fully means everything we say, and that moments of hyperbole shouldn't be held against folks.

      But I don't think fora moment that all the rhetoric minimizing the differences between the Democratic and Republican parties should be dismissed as "boiling-over frustration."

      Better Know Your Voting System with the Verifier!

      by HudsonValleyMark on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 01:24:26 PM PDT

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