Take a look at the confrontation between a Mr. Alford and Senator Boxer regarding cap and tax; notice that Boxer does not address the evidence at all, but merely presents statements by black groups and claims that her point is made by a "diversity of opinion."
Beyond the racial obnoxiousness of the confrontation, Senatrix Boxer has pulled a neat trick by doing this that should be obvious to anyone familiar with logic; by appealing to "diversity of opinion," she has taken the debate out of the realm of evidence and placed it firmly into the realm of politics. Ad hominem followed by a diversionary tactic; you don't even need to know what a syllogism is to see where that one went wrong.
Given the fact that it was about 50 degrees out when I woke up this morning (even in Minnesota that's unusual), and it's only in the sixties now, Boxer's move makes a lot of sense. The last thing global warming alarmists want these days is for people to look at the evidence. Even so, it's a great reason to teach logic in schools, so that Boxer's intended victims can at least see what's coming.
H/T Muckraker and others, of course.
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