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AP English III, 1st Period
22 August 2011
Argument Log #1, Six Weeks 1
Speaker: (Font is Verdana 16 Bold)
Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball, is the primary speaker. He is arguing with Pat
Buchannan, MSNBC political contributor and Eugene Robinson, MSNBC analyst and
Washington Post Columnist.
The argument is that Hilary Clinton would have been a more effective president, accomplishing
more in terms of passing bills through congress because she has better personal skills in working
with legislators than does Barack Obama.
The speaker makes the argument by exploring the temperaments of both politicians and doing a
compare and contrast of each person’s personal skills. He also makes the argument by exploring
how each person deals with people using examples. The main appeal is logos. Matthews gives
examples of how Hilary worked with and accomplished her work while serving as a senator and
contrasting how she and Obama differ in that regard. He explains how it logically follows that
since she was well liked and skilled as a senator that the same would be true if she were
president. The main talking points centered on her personal social skills, especially her skills in
connecting with her colleagues and finding common ground on which to work with each other.
He repeated “personal skills” to characterize her as someone that others got along with and were
able to compromise with, while using terms such as “this guy,” and “he doesn’t” to characterize
Obama in a more negative light. Overall, he paints Hilary as an amiable and skilled negotiator in
contrast to Obama’s aloof hands off approach and concludes that Hilary could have
accomplished more than Obama with the current legislative branches.
“Buyer’s Remorse over Obama?” Hardball with Chris Matthews. MSNBC. Channel 42,
Dallas. 19 August 2011.