Controlling the debate.

Dan Riehl makes an excellent point here:

I know what both Steele and Cantor are trying to do below. But they and other GOP members continue to fall into the trap of having a debate on the opposition’s terms. No matter how you slice it, you end up giving them the quotes they want. That isn’t how you win debates in sound bite politics today. You control the debate, or you lose.

Never concede a point. You can agree with one, but never concede it. If conceding it is the price you pay for having the discussion, let the whiny so-and-so pack up his ball and leave. It’s not your job to make the other guy’s job easier by letting him frame the debate in terms that he likes.

Moe Lane

PS: And don’t be shy about rudely interrupting somebody when they try to brazen an everybody-knows past you, too. If he respected you, he wouldn’t have tried it in the first place.

Crossposted at RedState.

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