At the same time, isn’t that the point? The fact that he, in reasoned tones ask her to justify her beliefs and she can’t? The fact that this conversation IS so abnormal. Also, what would the alternative be? Just to criticize without attempting to engage?
I do think he could have done a better job, certainly. I think he wasn’t aggressive enough on all of his points, and he gave up instead of going in for “the kill”.
I guess my counterpoint is this: What should have been done instead? How could this have been done differently?