But Scarborough said that it was a "straw man's argument" to pretend that all Republicans want European-style austerity.
But Ryan did not present the target or straw man they foolishly hoped and planned for.
Chomping on a fine Cuban cigar, he speculated that Seif might even be a straw man for America.
A made-up version of an opponent's argument that can easily be defeated. To accuse people of attacking a straw man is to suggest that they are avoiding worthier opponents and more valid criticisms of their own position: “His speech had emotional appeal, but it wasn't really convincing because he attacked a straw man rather than addressing the real issues.”