Re: *wah-wah* They started it!
My point wasn't that he's picking "on my team" - more that they assume I have a team in the first place.
I realise he's talking about America, and in America, the partys are treated as teams, but even then, I think it's insulting to Americans to assume that just because they are picking up one party for ill-doing, that they automatically love the other party, and have no quarms with them doing the same thing.
His argument is making assumptions about other peoples political morals, and then using those assumptions to basically accuse them of being hypocrites.
Hence my reaction would be along the lines of "they did it too? go after them too then!"
A lot of people vote for whichever party/candidate they think is best for them at the time. They may change their minds come next election. The flag-waving-idol-cheering crowds (whether it's Trump, Clinton, or Sanders) doesn't really happen here. Sure, you get the party faithful down at HQ for the TV shots, but for the majority, they realise that who they vote for today will probably screw them tomorrow ! :-)
I think that attempting to win an argument by deflecting it onto someone they assume you support unconditionally is a weak tactic - especially for someone who presumably has a doctorate.