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The Admirable Admission Pitch

Pitch Type:  Credibility 

The Admirable Admission Pitch is the admission that you share a specific belief with your opponents who you generally disagree with. Doing so may help demonstrate that you have a balanced or nuanced view, increasing your credibility. It may however alienate those who believed you were on their side.

What's a Pitch?

A pitch is a label for a commonly used argument or persuasion strategy.

Blog Post on Pitches


The Catholic Church    Largest Christian Church
[Fundamentalism] accepts the literal reality of an ancient, out-of-date cosmology simply because it is found expressed in the Bible... [It] is dangerous, for it is attractive to people who look to the Bible for ready answers to the problems of life. ... Without saying as much in so many words, fundamentalism actually invites people to a kind of intellectual suicide.

Bill Maher    Political T.V. Host, Comedian
We have been the cowards. Lobbing cruise missiles from two thousand miles away. That's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building. Say what you want about it. Not cowardly.

Rush Limbaugh    Radio Host
[that the 911 hijackers were not cowardly] was, in my mind, one of the few things Bill Maher has ever said that's correct.

Sarah Palin    Former Governor of Alaska (Republican)
We are a nation at war and in many [ways] the reasons for war are fights over energy sources, which is nonsensical when you consider that domestically we have the supplies ready to go.

Alan Greenspan    U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman 1987-2006
I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.

As far as I know this will be the first profound public study in which we verify and revise our knowledge about how much oil and gas is going to the markets. ... There is a gap between the global demand for oil and the amount which is or can be brought to the market from that region. We think that the oil producers have to increase their production output significantly, but we are not sure that they will do it or even can do it. ... I think we are entering a new world oil order.

Brendan Nelson    Former Australian Defense Minister
Energy security is extremely important to all nations throughout the world, and of course in protecting and securing Australia's interests... Obviously the Middle East itself, not only Iraq but the entire region, is an important supplier of energy, oil in particular, to the rest of the world. Australians and all of us need to think what would happen if there was a premature withdrawal from Iraq.

Mir Najibullah Shams    Former Head of Drug Control for Taliban
[The Taliban's mullahs filled the tin trunks which served as their war chests with profits from drugs. But they also worked hard to convince the world that they strongly opposed the trafficking.] "It was all one great big game"

Roy Spencer    Meteorologist
And now my old boss when I was at NASA (as well as James Hansen’s old boss), John Theon, has stated very clearly that he doesn’t believe global warming is manmade…and adding “climate models are useless” for good measure. Even I wouldn’t go quite that far, since I use simple ones in my published research.

Bristol Palin    Sarah Palin's Daughter
Abstinence [is] not realistic at all.

Napoleon Bonaparte    Emperor of France
If I had believed in a God of rewards and punishments, I might have lost courage in battle.
Context: Is God just?

Bruce Sheiman    Author, Atheist
Christians are largely grateful that an atheist actually takes their side of the debate. ... Why do I defend religion? Remember, I am defending religion not God. ... I am defending the belief in God, but not the existence of God. And since I believe that religion is a net-positive in society, I wanted to make that argument to the militant atheists who offend me and many other tolerant, open-minded atheists.

Rudolf Verspoor    Homeopathist
Most often the symptom picture that the classical homeopath puts together is false and fails. ... The conclusion I have come to is that “classical homeopathy” is more like a belief system to be defended, than a science open to critical discussion. ... As a result of the general failure of existing homeopaths and homeopathic schools to incorporate the insights set out in The Dynamic Legacy into their programs, we founded the Hahnemann College for Heilkunst, which [is Homeopathy that works].

M. Zuhdi Jasser    President of American Islamic Forum, U.S. Navy L. Commander
I am an American Muslim dedicated to defeating the ideology that fuels global Islamist terror -- political Islam. And I don't see such a "center" actually fighting terrorism or being a very "positive" addition near Ground Zero, no matter how well intentioned. To put it bluntly, Ground Zero is the one place in America where Muslims should think less about teaching Islam and "our good side" and more about being American and fulfilling our responsibilities to confront the ideology of our enemies.

Bill Clinton    Former President of the United States
Most the people I've known in this business, Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, were good people, honest people, and they did what they thought was right. And I hope that I'll live long enough to see American politics return to vigorous debates where we argue who's right and wrong, not who's good and bad. My experience is, most ... are good people who love their country desperately. And I am profoundly grateful that for a brief period I had a chance to be one of them.