Yep. Reductio ad absurdum arguments go hand-in-glove with the straw man. I don't know if I want to bother getting into the chicken-egg aspects of all that, but a cursory glance of any of the popular conservative pundits and blogs (no, I'm not going to name or link to any of them) will show those exact same tactics used with predictable regularity.
It's turning out more and more that that's all they have to offer, which is why even their own base is starting to desert them. Between Buckley and Fwill and Nooners and the rest of the rats swimming franticcaly away from the U.S.S. Chimpco, you'd think they hadn't endorsed this fucking clown not once, but twice, and condemned the high-falutin temerity of the three-digit IQ set who dared to point out that this guy was nothing but a ball-scratching moron.
Nice try, folks. You wanted him, you got him, and you're stuck with him.
Of course, Bush really shovels on the bullshit come election time. If the last three are any indication, this year's oughta be a screamer. After all, these are the utterly shameless draft-dodgers who threw triple-amputee Max Cleland under the bus. There is literally nothing they won't do or say to mischaracterize an opponent, and the more upright and well-meaning that opponent, the more shameless they are.
Oh, that was back when McCain still retained some small shred of dignity. The man is an embarrassment now. I seriously do not understand how McCain can go home and face his family every night as a man, after what those fucks said about him and them in the SC primaries in 2000. No pride.
Shit, Charlie had nothing on Bush's team, as far as what they could make McCain do. Charlie broke his arms, but Bush broke McCain's spirit, turned him into the worst sort of toadying bootlicker. It's nauseating, much like Bush's oratory and cheap rhetoric.