Addressing fearful Dems, Obama argues in the alternative 

Here's Jon Ward's take in The Daily Caller on President Obama's meeting yesterday with Democratic lawmakers:

President Obama on Wednesday rolled out a dizzying set of accusations against the Republican party that veered toward contradicting one another, as he encouraged Senate Democrats to keep fighting for his agenda.

The president, during an 80-minute session with Democratic lawmakers, made the following claims: Republicans don’t want to fix health care or the economy; when they do want to fix health care or the economy, their ideas are bad; and Republicans may have a few good ideas but Democrats have included them in legislation.

This is what attorneys call "argument in the alternative." For example, in a lawsuit over a dog-bite, the defendant might argue:

(1) I do not have a dog, but...

(2) If I do have a dog, he doesn't bite anyone. But...

(3) If my dog does bite, he didn't bite this plaintiff on this particular day.

In court, this can actually work. In real life, it's not a very convincing way of making one's case.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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