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OnTheOtherHand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-12-11 10:01 PM
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259. Gestalt difference: I see your interpretation as mostly dissonant
Much of the statement is preoccupied with the disparity. It makes sense to me to interpret that sentence as "my comments at the press conference weren't intended to endorse what she says about the disparity, as I just described." (I agree that that isn't the most natural reading of the sentence on its own -- although as you note below, the sentence on its own poses problems no matter what it means.) It makes no sense to me to interpret it as "my comments at the press conference have been misconstrued as meaning what they said, when actually what I meant to say was that, as vice-chair of the Democratic Party in this county and a member of the canvass board since 2004, I don't really know how a canvass works." Or something like that.

It's possible, however, that she was trying to convey something like "I find the revelation of the disparity so shocking that the more I think about it, the less confidence I have even in the canvass." It's fun to bicker politely about how to parse the words, but it would be better to know what she thinks.

Hopefully at some point we will hear a more concrete and detailed explanation. Even if my theory is correct, I still don't know why she says that she can't vouch. Is it because she was not shown the original sources or is it rather that she was shown those sources but realizes that she would have no way of distinguishing a forgery from a true document? In other words, is it because the canvass was not performed correctly or is it because she recognizes the limits of what the canvass could truly prove?

Yep. And even if my theory is correct, there are other things she could clear up for us.
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