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    Default This is something that bothers me

    For some reason, its seems that a good answer to 'Obama lied' is 'Yeah, well McCain lied too.'

    It seems like a good response for 'Palin is inexperienced' is 'Yeah, well Obama is inexperienced too'.

    Do you know what I'm saying? Why is it considered a valid response to say, essentially 'So my team sucks but that doesn't matter because so does yours.' So, instead of thinking carefully about the issue at hand, we dismiss whatever is said about our guy and turn it back on the other guy because we don't really want to face it or deal with it. I don't understand why its considered a valid response or how it is useful in any way.

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    Default As my Dad said to me constantly

    or so it seemed when I was growing up: "two wrongs do not make a right." I'm not sure who said it first, but he sure said it a lot. And I'm passing it on to my DSs too. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddy View Post
    For some reason, its seems that a good answer to 'Obama lied' is 'Yeah, well McCain lied too.'

    It seems like a good response for 'Palin is inexperienced' is 'Yeah, well Obama is inexperienced too'.

    Do you know what I'm saying? Why is it considered a valid response to say, essentially 'So my team sucks but that doesn't matter because so does yours.' So, instead of thinking carefully about the issue at hand, we dismiss whatever is said about our guy and turn it back on the other guy because we don't really want to face it or deal with it. I don't understand why its considered a valid response or how it is useful in any way.

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    No no, the answer is "McCain lied more" or "Obama is more inexperienced"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeannie View Post
    No no, the answer is "McCain lied more" or "Obama is more inexperienced"
    You have a point. Or, one of my favorites, the old subject change- 'Obama hangs with terrorists' met with 'Palin shoots baby wolfies'.

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    Default This bugs me, too...

    It's basically a way for someone to shoot down what you said, and then you feel like you can't bring up anything, because it will just get met with, "Yeah, well, your guy's worse." Why is it so hard for some people to just admit there might be an issue with their candidate that's worth discussing? I guess because once we "pick a side" we feel the need to defend them to the end. I try not to do that, but I've probably been guilty of it, too, at times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddy View Post
    For some reason, its seems that a good answer to 'Obama lied' is 'Yeah, well McCain lied too.'

    It seems like a good response for 'Palin is inexperienced' is 'Yeah, well Obama is inexperienced too'.

    Do you know what I'm saying? Why is it considered a valid response to say, essentially 'So my team sucks but that doesn't matter because so does yours.' So, instead of thinking carefully about the issue at hand, we dismiss whatever is said about our guy and turn it back on the other guy because we don't really want to face it or deal with it. I don't understand why its considered a valid response or how it is useful in any way.
    I've been thinking about this, and I think it is because conversations are starting with or digressing into accusations and insults. How is a person supposed to respond intelligently or thoughtfully when confronted directly with an all-out insult about the candidate they support? I think the points are valid, that there is a counter argument to the accusations, but the way they're brought to the conversation puts a person on the defensive immediately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoeyz View Post
    I've been thinking about this, and I think it is because conversations are starting with or digressing into accusations and insults. How is a person supposed to respond intelligently or thoughtfully when confronted directly with an all-out insult about the candidate they support? I think the points are valid, that there is a counter argument to the accusations, but the way they're brought to the conversation puts a person on the defensive immediately.
    This is true, too. Sometimes questions aren't really questions, but statements or accusations in disguise. That's why talking politics is a tricky thing! It's so easy to get offended and take things personally. I think probably once a day I ask myself why I continue to come here, when it just gets me all worked up (and I think we're probably a relatively tame group)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoeyz View Post
    I've been thinking about this, and I think it is because conversations are starting with or digressing into accusations and insults. How is a person supposed to respond intelligently or thoughtfully when confronted directly with an all-out insult about the candidate they support? I think the points are valid, that there is a counter argument to the accusations, but the way they're brought to the conversation puts a person on the defensive immediately.
    That does happen (on both sides), and it is hard to respond intelligently. Which reminds me of a quote attributed to Mark Twain: Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.

    Not that I'm calling anyone a fool. Or a socialist. Or a plumber. Or a redneck.

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    Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.
    So true. So true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddy View Post
    That does happen (on both sides), and it is hard to respond intelligently. Which reminds me of a quote attributed to Mark Twain: Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.

    Not that I'm calling anyone a fool. Or a socialist. Or a plumber. Or a redneck.
    I agree it's on both sides, no question.

    I like the Twain saying!

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