Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has never been a woman known for her gentle phrasing regarding the views of her political opponents. She certainly wasn't today when, while speaking on the subject of conservative Orthodoxy, she let this straw man fallacy fly:
Per National Review:
This video shows Nancy Pelosi railing against conservative ideology, which she characterized as, “We shouldn’t have a government role, so reduce the police, the fire [presumably, she means fire-fighters], the teachers.” Pelosi says she says to conservatives who espouse these views, “Do you have children who breathe the air? Do you have grandchildren who drink water?” So, in Nancy Pelosi’s world, firefighters, police, and teachers ensure the safety of our air and water . . .
Pelosi's choice of metaphor raises an additional question. If conservatives can be analogized to an e. coli infection, which is by definition a medical affliction, then does that mean Obamacare covers conservatism as a disease? Moreover, does Pelosi really want to journey down this particular rhetorical path? One can easily imagine a rhetorical riposte involving food-borne menaces that, while equally childish, would probably hold currency with Pelosi's opponents.