Bkuhl over at Daily Kos has an interesting article deconstructing the way republicans argue:
Foundations of Conservatism
He outlines three techniques (Straw Man, Red Herring, and the Common Enemy) often employed by republicans anxious to evade a factually-based discourse.
While it is nice to have the techniques laid out on the dissection table there weren't any recommendations for combating them. "Deconstruction without destruction does not address the con", I sez.
Should liberals adopt these tools?
Should one pick up the Red Herring bait or ignore it?
Is this like a game of rock, paper, and scissors where you top a straw man argument with a red herring, perhaps mentioning that Rush Limbaugh is more addicted to drugs than a tie-dyed hippie when discussing single-payer healthcare?