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  •  I actually don't have a problem with this, (2+ / 0-)
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    wlkx, Joffan

    if he actually said that he "didn't have a well-formed answer."
    I'm in a vocation where I often have to explain relatively complicated ideas to people who may or may not have the background education to get references. Sometimes I screw up, and I realize that I've gotten on a roll and my audience's eyes glazed over twenty minutes ago.

    So, in a really busy situation, if somebody were looking for a sound bite, I can see myself saying the same thing.

    " I can't communicate my thoughts on this matter on a bumper sticker" is not the same as " I have no thoughts on this matter". Personally, I find that the more I know about a particular subject, the less snappy my answers get.

    I dunno- being able to grok the concept of a "well formed" argument suggests some, perhaps intuitive, grasp of Logic and Rhetoric- which I haven't seen on their side of the aisle for a few.

    If this guy is what we think he is, he'll make actual gaffes soon enough.

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