People who have good arguments sometimes find artful ways to express their views.
It could very well be that he has solid legal reasoning behind his statements AND artful views meant to stimulate and draw the listener to his overall argument.
I would take his hyperbolic statements (such as re-Geist-ered) as merely an artful way to express the depth of his belief with a touch of ironic humour.
True or not, some hyperbolic and artful statements have enough corollaries to be useful touch stones, and may be a more effective way to simply expressing a complex idea.
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