Jim Geraghty’s got a point in his latest Morning Jolt…
How often do any of us actually persuade other people on any major controversy of the day? Have any Obamacare critics encountered an argument that made them stop and think and reconsider their opposition? Has any Obamacare fan changed their mind? Do people even change their minds anymore?
…if you’re worried about persuading people. I’m not – at least, not personally. I am not here to persuade people via the use of rhetoric. I am here to build rhetorical tools that other people will use. I am neither a pundit, a savant, nor a philosopher; not that there’s anything wrong with being any of those, but they kind of get in the way of me being a propagandist, a partisan, and a political hack. And there’s nothing wrong with being any of those, either: although I’m sure that various examples from the first three categories would disagree (especially the unsuccessful* ones).
No, even the ‘political hack’ part’s OK. As long as I just don’t lie while doing it.
*Let me unkindly note here that there are a lot of people out there on the Internet that are kind of unhappy that the acceptance of their particular form of ideological dog food seems to be subject to market forces. :shrug: I assume that someday I’ll feel the same way, of course.