Jonathan Martin at Politco has an article out today that puts it’s
sights attention on Sarah Palin again. This time it is for not being as totally awesome as President Obama who gave a stirring and emotional speech at the otherwise unfortunately inappropriate memorial service. From Politico:
At sunrise in the East on Wednesday, Sarah Palin demonstrated that she has little interest — or capacity — in moving beyond her brand of grievance-based politics. And at sundown in the West, Barack Obama reminded even his critics of his ability to rally disparate Americans around a message of reconciliation.
A Faulty Analogy is the assumption that because two things are similar in one or more aspects, they are necessarily similar in some other aspect. When a comparison between two things or ideas is presented as evidence for a conclusion, the point of comparison is important to the argument. However, simply because two ideas or things may be alike in some aspect that is not relevant to the issue, does not mean that these two are analogous in the point that is relevant to the argument. Two things or ideas may not be similar in their essential aspects, but they may be similar with reference to the point at issue.
Martin’s attempt to compare Palin’s plea for millions to stop blaming her for a shooting she did not influence or have anything to do with to Obama giving a non-controversial eulogy is a quintessential Faulty Analogy. Their circumstances aren’t even remotely comparable yet Politico has awarded Obama the title of “winner.”
Jimmie Bise has a must read where he really nails them to the wall for their political hackery.
But it’s Martin that really had a missed opportunity.
Let’s not forget who started this finger pointing and name calling shall we?
From Obama’s speech:
“If, as has been discussed in recent days, their death helps usher in more civility in our public discourse,” he said, “let us remember it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy — it did not –“
Fox News wisely panned to the worst sheriff in America right at that moment. Politico, when faced with the same facts that Fox News was, decided that it was best to take another shot at Palin.
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