Sunday, September 12, 2004

Hypothetical Questions

‘That’s a hypothetical question!’ So? Where is it written that the consideration of counterfactual situations is disallowed? Suppose my passenger asks me: ‘What would happen if you were to pull this here lever?’ An appropriate response would be, ‘We would be in four-wheel drive,’ but not, ‘That’s a hypothetical question.’ Of course it’s a hypothetical question.

Sean Hannity to Al Sharpton: “If you were president, what would you do about such-and-such?” Sharpton: “That’s a hypothetical question!”