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    Open Wide and Say “Scandal”

    cheneybrushin.jpgQuote:  "Five lawyers I’ve consulted all agree that there is no compelling legal reason why you should not discuss the situation." New York Times columnist Nick Kristof, urging Dick Cheney to talk about the leak investigation.

    Figure of Speechparadigm (PAR ah dime), argument from example.

    The paradigm is a premise proved by examples -- a form of inductive logic. Kristof's paradigm sounds like he’s selling toothpaste:  "Five out of five lawyers recommend Come Clean, the character polisher that removes ethical stains!"

    Somehow we doubt the pitch will work on the veep's firmly shut mouth.

    Snappy Answer:  "One out of one Cheney lawyer disagrees."

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