Daily Rhetricks

Daily Rhetrick: September 28, 2018, #2

September 27, 2018

GENDERING OF RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION

Don Lazere

Jeffrey Toobin shrewdly observed on MSNBC, “The Women Always Lose.”

Kavanaugh and Lindsay Graham copied Clarence Thomas’s playbook and went ballistic in righteous indignation, and the Democrats were too chickenshit to respond in kind and decry Kavanaugh’s behavior as disqualifying for the Supreme Court.

It would seem that it is still … Read more

Daily Rhetricks

Daily Rhetrick: September 28, 2018

September 28, 2018

ERASURE OF PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

This morning, before the final vote of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Jeff Flake, Senator from Arizona, defended his decision to vote in support of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court: “Our system of justice affords a presumption of innocence to the accused, absent corroborating evidence. That is what binds us to the … Read more

Daily Rhetricks

Daily Rhetrick: September 27, 2018, #2

September 27, 2018

Tom Huckin

MISREPRESENTATION

Today’s riveting Senate hearing offers a classic example of the type of misrepresentation I describe in my blog post, “Turning Amnesia into Condemnation.” The four people who were allegedly at the party where Dr. Ford claims to have been attacked have all said they “don’t remember” the event.  Yet Brett Kavanaugh repeatedly claims they … Read more

Blog Post

Turning Amnesia into Condemnation

The current Senate hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the US Supreme Court have put the court of public opinion on full display. And both sides are strenuously using rhetorical tactics to win their case.

One such tactic has become especially conspicuous – the misrepresentation of statements.  Perhaps the most prominent example pertains to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation … Read more

Blog Post

Is Brett Kavanaugh a “Good Man”? Does it Matter?

In the past week and a half, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been credibly accused of attempted rape and other acts of sexual assault. One consequence is that public conversation about his confirmation has changed dramatically. But it’s important not to lose sight of arguments about Kavanaugh’s confirmation that were in play before the allegations came to light because … Read more

Daily Rhetricks

Daily Rhetrick: September 24, 2018

September 24, 2018

POWER OF THE PASSIVE

Today the public learned that J. Mike Walker, co-founder of a company called Dril-Quip that makes offshore oil drilling equipment, has donated $20,000,000 to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UT Austin and the same amount to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M, and that the departments will be renamed respectively … Read more