Years ago, I discovered a debate tactic that I utterly fell in love with. I’ve heard it most often called “verbal judo,” but from my admittedly skimpy knowledge of martial arts, “verbal aikido” might be a better analogy. It involves taking your opponent’s own words and actions and turning them back against them, much like a judo or aikido artist uses their opponent’s strength and attacks against them.
It can be wonderfully fun, and I’ve indulged it quite a bit in the last few days. I took the liberals’ own terms of highest praise, and found a way to apply them to President Bush. I perverted some of the arguments in favor of rights for illegal aliens into an endorsement of the 2nd Amendment. And this morning I took their despicable race-baiting against a black Republican and turned it into a threat to some of their staunchest supporters.
It’s probably not a good idea to spell out one of my favorite tactics, but after a couple of people who usually agree with me questioned my sanity, I thought it might be safer to let the curtain slip a little.