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Johnson Campaign Nothing More Than Unfunny Version of Monty Python's "Argument" Sketch

In Monty Python's hilarious "Argument Clinic" sketch, a "patient" goes to the clinic to have an argument, but feels cheated when his clinician is giving him nothing more than contridiction:

Oh look, this isn't an argument.
Yes it is.
No it isn't. It's just contradiction.
No it isn't.
It is!
It is not.

Look, you just contradicted me.
I did not.
Oh you did!!
No, no, no.
You did just then.
Nonsense!
Oh, this is futile!
No it isn't.
I came here for a good argument.
No you didn't; no, you came here for an argument.
An argument isn't just contradiction.
It can be.

No it can't. An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition.
No it isn't.
Yes it is! It's not just contradiction.
Look, if I argue with you, I must take up a contrary position.
Yes, but that's not just saying 'No it isn't.'
Yes it is!
No it isn't!

Yes it is!
Argument is an intellectual process. Contradiction is just the automatic gainsaying of any statement the other person makes.
No it isn't.

This sketch reminds me of Ron Johnson's campaign.  Their strategy is simply:  deny everything the other side says, which draws everyone involved into an absurd "debate" like the Python sketch where they simply contradict the charge against them.

Ron Johnson said he was willing to drill in the Great Lakes for oil. No he didn't.

Ron Johnson said he was willing to "horse trade" the home mortgage deduction. No he didn't

Ron Johnson said he started his business from the "ground-up." No he didn't.

Ron Johnson said sun spots cause global warming. No he didn't.

Ron Johnson said he never took government payments. No he didn't.

Ron Johnson said he was willing to force gun owners to license their guns. No he didn't.

And that is just when they're answering claims against Johnson.  When they say things that are clearly in error about Feingold, (such as Feingold never working in the private sector) its the same contradictory nonsense, truth be damned.

If only there were a third party that could referee this race and inform voters of Johnson's ridiculous behavior...

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September 9, 2010 - 1:59pm

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