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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 06:12 PM
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114. Good chance to practice Socratic method: ask questions carefully and politely
with the expressed aim of "understanding" their point of view. An expert practioner can reduce almost anyone to sputtering incoherence in a few minutes

Or you can try the Rosencranz-and-Guildenstern-are-dead variant: you carry on your end of the conversation by only asking questions, but without the high-minded Socratic facade. How many times has Gingrich been married? or Do you think more sexual harassment allegations are around the corner for Cain? or Are Mormons taking over the Republican party? or What exactly does the governor of Texas do?

If you're able to ask ridiculous questions with a straight face, you might try a more brazen tactic: I was disappointed to learn Palin isn't in the race or The country just isn't ready for Ron Paul's ideas about child labor laws

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