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September 13th, 2009
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He's not just a jerkwad, as if that weren't bad enough.

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From:nicegeek
Date:September 14th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
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It's a valid point to criticize, which is why I didn't include it in my objection.
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From:novapsyche
Date:September 14th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
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Well, my point was that the sentence (to which you objected) strengthened the hypothesis that Mr. Wilson associates with bigots because he is a bigot himself.

[Joe Wilson] has close ties and a 100% approval rating from the Family Research Council, an evangelical organization headed by Tony Perkins, a former politician who has worked with David Duke of the KKK and spoken before the Council of Conservative Citizens, a major white supremacist organization that battled desegregation.

When I read that sentence, "evangelical" is not the word that sticks out. Nor do I connote to it the overtones of some of the other terms that do catch my eye. I believe your objection to the sentence as it is structured has missed the main point and instead targets something rather tangential.
From:nicegeek
Date:September 14th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
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Well, my point was that the sentence (to which you objected) strengthened the hypothesis that Mr. Wilson associates with bigots because he is a bigot himself.

I disagree. Quite to the contrary, the attempt to use Guilt By Association undermines the author's credibility. They would have a stronger argument if they omitted such straw-grasping, and focused on JW's own words and deeds.
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