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3/17/2004 08:19:00 PM | Jared Alessandroni

From the Comments Section
I just re-filled our BackBlog, and figured I'd get our money's-worth.
This is in reference to the post on Sunday, March 14th, regarding Women's Week, and the posts below.


This was the arc of this conversation:

Nick Santos comments that Bush mentioned Wolfie and Powell in a speech about women's liberation.

Anonymous argues that the couple had, at least in Afghanistan, furthered the cause.

I commented that they certainly went backwards in Iraq.

Then, Sowmya argues that there was ample evidence that the news in Afghanistan was not at all rosy.

This is where Emmett pops in by belittling the above argument - all of a sudden it is no longer pertinent that Sowmya was simply responding to Anonymous' point - now she's just being silly, according to him.

Then, as if scripted by Rove (or Ailes), Bucky comes out with the righteous indignation - bringing up a prominent conservative name that, notably, had been absent from the conversation until then, turning it into a liberal/conservative debate, throwing in an ad hominem attack for spice.

The argument that wasn't degrades from there, in usual style.

Emmet and Buckholz, you're shameless, but you're perfectly representative of your cause. You never respond to Sowmya's original point, and then you go on to distort her follow-ups. You take a point that is at least tenable and push it off so you can play the conservative victims, while mocking the very real issue to which your side has no intelligent response. You do all this in a forum that you don't offer the progressives.



I think in the end many conservatives are afraid to actually address ideas. You write like your talk-radio hosts blather - when the token other speaks, you just talk louder about something else. I just wish you wouldn't waste my $10 a year not having any real ideas on our comments section.



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