Responses to our Bachmann segment--posted by Tony Garcia on 4/02/2006
Today on the show we discussed heavily the whole Bachmann ordeal. We summarized what we have been covering as far as the conventions and discussed the damage being caused by Bachmann's win-at-all-costs tactics. We were mentioned by Eva on one of her blogs which was quoting something we said on the air (the "bible-thumpers" portion of some analysis). I'm not going to rehash the larger point (because I have already posted on it) but there is something that I would like to mention from Eva's comments section.
One of the comments was from Jeff. (I'm guessing it is Bachmann supporter Jeff Kouba).
I think Tony is getting out into the weeds in his opposition. The fact he uses a pejorative term like "bible thumpers" ought to be a clue he is not operating from a standpoint of sober analysis, but instead has his own hang ups.Yep. That was it. Now let me first ask these questions of Jeff.
1) What hang ups?
2) Was there a description of who exactly was being referred to as "bible thumpers"?
3) What is the evidence of the link between using a pejorative term to the conclusion that the analysis was not "from a standpoint of sober analysis"? Your comment, btw, implies that ANYONE using a "pejorative term" is "not operating from a standpoint of sober analysis".
4) What was the context of the term? Was there a larger point being made in which the term was relevant?
I hate when partisans speak because they constantly do things like this. I call it hit-and-run rhetoric.
Jeff, rather than trying to dismiss the speaker as not-sober in the analysis, why not attempt to understand the points of the opposition? Or at least explain your own claim.
The reason politics has sunk to the level it has is people do not listen to the opposition, analyze and refute. In your case you simply state "he is not operating from a standpoint of sober analysis, but instead has his own hang ups". Explain that. Give examples of how a selected part of a larger point is a demonstration of having my "own hang ups". What hang ups and make the link between my analysis (which is somehow mysteriously not sober) proving some unnamed hang ups.
Finally, Jeff, I will say that you had ample opportunity to call in. We gave the phone number several times and THAT part of the show was fairly early.