“p -> q” “Oh yeah, well r, s, t, v, x, z!!!!!”
I’m going to have to agree with Mike that Ezra Klein’s really doing a bang up job on this
situation brouhaha sterling example of humanity’s vilest behavior involving Graeme Frost. Like Mike, I have little to add. Except that I do, rather disjointedly and mostly by quoting others. Bear with me.
First, I’d like to note that the right blogosphere has had little to say about the tactics used by Michelle Malkin and her ilk, save for a post by John Cole (I really shouldn’t be expecting anything unreasonable from him, anyway) and one from Megan McArdle pointing out that harassing a sick 12 year old is political suicide. However, I’m not exactly on top of all the happenings on the righty blogs, so if I missed something, please let me know in the comments.
Second, here are few other quotes that perfectly illustrate my feelings on the subject. First from Ogged:
Again we see that when people say someone is “fair game” they reveal that they think the game is personal destruction, not argumentative engagement.
Then from Jim Henley:
What we’re seeing here is the same tactics of personal destruction Movement Republicanism previously justified as necessary to winning The Greatest War Ever, now normalized as appropriate to handling a budget dispute.
Also, readers of this blog will know that I like to think of myself as a student of logic, especially when it comes to those pesky logical fallacies that pervade blog arguments. It’s stunning, then, that the entire attack on the Frosts have been nothing but ad hominem attacks and red herrings. Nothing, and I repeat nothing, Malkin and Co. have written has even begun to address Graeme’s points; it’s all just meant to attack him personally and draw attention away anything substantive he said. Apparently the case for S-CHIP is so strong that Republicans are afraid to debate the merits with a 12 year old boy!
And that’s the thing that really gets me: Republicans don’t care that their arguments are logically faulty. If it serves the greater political good, it doesn’t seem to matter. To paraphrase Chris Rock in Never Scared: Republicans ain’t gonna let a thing like “making sense” fuck up their argument.