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OnTheOtherHand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-18-05 10:48 AM
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103. I appreciate your thoughtfulness, and let me be candid
If I thought that I could advance the cause of election reform by lying through my teeth about my assessment of the evidence, I would at least seriously consider it. I don't. (I'm not saying that anyone else here is lying through their teeth -- actually, I almost wish they were. But I would be lying if I claimed to give any credence whatsoever to certain of the arguments.)

And of course, like presumably everyone else here, I think that people should be entitled to some standard of proof that an election _wasn't_ stolen, not that anyone should have to muster even a 51% probability that it was.

As a lawyer, I assume, you want to make the strongest possible argument for your side -- but that means the most persuasive, not the most extreme. If you assert, as obvious truth, claims that many people believe to be obviously wrong, this will not strengthen the case.

There are lots of interesting ruminations on the relationship between academic uncertainty and political discourse (for instance, Steve Schneider has a great website on politics and climate science).
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