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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 08:13 PM
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34. Right, exactly, I see what you're saying and it's difficult to pin down but
Edited on Thu Dec-18-08 08:15 PM by BullGooseLoony
it doesn't seem right calling it a strawman. That tactic you're talking about almost assuredly would be more accurately described with another term- an ad hominem attack, the very term being used to describe your objection to his decision.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem

Characterizing others as "Obama haters" or "bashers" or the like can be seen as distorting their position through that characterization- the personal attack against the person trickles down to the credibility of the argument. But as attacking the person themselves doesn't specifically put into or take out a point of their argument- it doesn't modify the argument itself- I don't think it's properly called a strawman. It's an attack on the credibility of the argument's messenger rather than the argument.
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