Andrew Sullivan Unhinged – by Peter Collier


Andrew Sullivan seems increasingly unhinged these days. The creepy, Torquemada-like obsession with Sarah Palin continues as he rummages through her book in a deranged act of explication de texte, functions as a one man birther movement laying out loony speculations about the owners of the orifices out of which Trig and Tripp slid, and continues to worship the sleazy dudeitude of Levi Johnson.

Meanwhile, Sullivan slavishly justifies Obama on every count, including his administration’s sneaky efforts to smuggle “progressives” into policy making positions under the radar of Congressional scrutiny. Recently it was support for his appointment of Hannah Rosenthal as head of the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. Because she seems to share some part of his own fanged venom for Israel, Sullivan sees her as a Promethean truth teller being shut down by what his soul mate Pat Buchanan once called “the amen corner.”

After my old friend Ron Radosh rightly criticized her for attacking Israel’s U.S. Ambassador Michael Oren as a result of critical remarks he made about the egregious organization J Street, Sullivan hit him as a “neo con likudnik.” But when Sullivan tuned in to his own esteemed Atlantic colleague Jeffrey Goldberg for an opinion, Goldberg instead confirmed Radosh’s position, indicating that he was absolutely baffled that Rosenthal should make someone like Oren the first target of what is supposed to be a campaign against anti-Semitism. (Doesn’t she find a crusade worth undertaking in the way that the new addiction to Jew hatred has migrated from the Middle East to Europe and is presently getting established in our own country, where people like Sullivan can experiment with Walt-Mearshemerism as a no fault gateway drug?)

Even when Sullivan is good he’s bad. Today he gives good coverage to cell phone images of the bloody street action in Teheran. (And indeed, he has been good on Iran in all the months since the election was stolen.) But even here, his pro-Obama contextualizing of events neutralizes his support of the protestors. What moral does he draw from their incredible bravery in defying the regime’s street thug murderers? That the world is lucky to have “Obama’s reticence” at this critical moment because by not criticizing the obscene Iranian regime, our President “removes from Ahmadinejad the convenient weapon of demonizing the protests as pawns of the Great Satan.”

Take a moment to get this straight: it’s a good thing we have a president who, to keep himself pure for that ultimate negotiation on nukes that will never come, refrains from using some of that synthetic eloquence of his to put us on the side of people who are getting cut down in the streets. By such scurvy logic, it was wrong of Ronald Reagan to go to Moscow and speak to and about the dissidents and their heroic struggle against totalitarianism because it might have given ammunition to wardens of the gulag. And wrong to have been unequivocally on the side of Solidarity. And so on.

Word smuggled out of Teheran has told us that the protestors themselves would like a little U.S. affirmation so they won’t feel they are dying in the dark. And the citizens of our own country could certainly use the reassurance about the values we stand for, via a word or two in behalf of the demonstrators, especially after being subjected to a punishing year-long Presidential apology tour for American exceptionalism. But from Obama we get only beseeching admonitions that are far too little and always too late and always undermined by the reluctance with which they are delivered. This has become a vain, small-minded and morally anemic presidency that only someone like Andrew Sullivan could love.

  • Walt

    Andrew Sullivan has become a full throated leftist, and should be dealt with as such. He was never terribly conservative even when he tried to fit within that label. Mr. Sullivan has judged the left to be ascendant, and is now trimming his sails to take advantage of the expected lefist gale. He follows a very long line of weather vanes, including David Brock, Bruce Bartlett, Arianna Huffington, and so many others. Such people try to cash in on their “apostate” status as quickly as possible, since such people become very uninteresting very quickly. Overnight, or virtually overnight, ideological conversions are rarely sincere. Such changes, if genuine, normally occur over many years, and are quite painful. It is more likely that these people either never really held the views that they espoused in the past, or simply find such views no longer profitable financially or socially. In either case, one is looking at bad faith.

  • Publius

    My impression of Sullivan is that everything is secondary to his sexual identity. He turned on Bush and the GOP when Bush supported the marriage law before his re-election. A.S. turned on a dime at that point.
    Conversely, he has invested his hope in the Democrats and is willing to overlook almost anything to gain his goal of gay marriage. The fact that Obama has done little more than Bush did doesn't seem to matter much.
    As for the Palin/Trig weirdness, I wish someone would go back and remind Sullivan of his response to being accused of soliciting for “bareback sex” on AOL – and this in a supposedly commited relationship, let alone being HIV+. At that point he simply refused to address it at all. Fine for him, but apparently not good enough for the Palins. If the hypocritical shoe fits, then I say let him kick himself with it.

  • Normal Person

    …makes you wonder what Barney Frank he has up an orifice, eh?

  • Robert Bernier

    Wow! Read this one. It is really good. And this gentleman says it just like it is.

    This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii
    for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country. A humble man without a political bone in his body, he has never spoken out before about a government official, until now. He dictated this letter to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president. Consult :

  • Robert Bernier

    Every American should know the truth

    No one should miss this video:

    Look to the end ( 10 min.)

  • jackhampton

    I have always understood Sullivan was a phony. I was never fooled.

  • therealend

    Mr Collier, brace yourself for the impending assault on your character.

  • Steve21

    I wonder why Sullivan would idolize a dolt like Levi Johnston. Must be his brilliant mind.

  • DBK

    Perhaps Sullivan is suffering from early onset of dementia. He does seem pretty whackadoodle these days.

  • tim2004

    Andrew Sullivan is interested only in Andrew Sullivan and his insane need for drawing attention to his own depraved behavior within the gay community, as it is with most of the gay agenda from the beginning, acceptance is demanded for behavior of depravity….

    In other words his mind, and orifices are full of something other than intelligence, of any kind, period.

  • jmuravchik

    Brilliant and exactly on target–except one verb. The word out of Tehran was not so much “smuggled” as shouted from the rooftops. On the anniversary of the seizure of the US embassy, crowds of demonstrators were chanting: “Obama! Obama! You are either with them or with us.”

  • Walt

    I would not discount sexual attraction. Mr. Sullivan is not very emotionally developed

  • Walt

    You have hit on it. Mr. Sullivan is a classic example of identity politics. He truly can't move beyond his sexual activities and preferences when discussing many issues. It is a somewhat juvenile perspective.

  • Walt

    You have hit on it. Mr. Sullivan is a classic example of identity politics. He truly can't move beyond his sexual activities and preferences when discussing many issues. It is a somewhat juvenile perspective.

  • Walt

    I do not like the guy either, but it is hard to take you seriously when you are so crude. Outsiders who never post do view this site and see what is posted by others. When scatological and crude sexual remarks are used, people who might ordinarily be sympathetic become turned off.

  • GJTryon

    Definitely “YouTube caliber” comment. Where'd you acquire that arse-nal of insults? In the Marine Corps?

  • Sam B.

    Why do you keep repeating yourself, Robt. Bernier. I'm a “venetrable” WII vet. so what? And on mukltiple websites. Just curious.

    “This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii
    for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country. A humble man without a political bone in his body, he has never spoken out before about a government official, until now. He dictated this letter to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president.”

  • CowboyUp

    The Sullivan quote, “removes from Ahmadinejad the convenient weapon of demonizing the protests as pawns of the Great Satan,” ignores the fact that the mad mullahs who pull ahmanutjob's strings have, are, and always will call any opposition pawns of the USA and/or Israel. Meanwhile, the IRG regime using real weapons on domestic protestors and Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • USMCSniper

    I wouldn't give a damn for any man who stepped in it and wouldn't say what it is! What did you say I said that was untrue?

  • USMCSniper

    Ahhh yes, we can't be calling the deviant debauchers whatthey really are. I guess you want me to refer to ragheaded Palestinian terrorists as militant freedom fighters too.

  • LucyQ

    Anybody who takes this site seriously, as the work of hard-working journalists who take their research seriously, is brain-dead. This website has become the political equivalent of the Enquirer.

    This site, since Obama was elected, has just one continuous anti-Obama, anti-Dem column written by so-called journalists who couldn't get a job at the PennySaver if they tried.

  • Walt

    You are a very simple soul. This is not a straight news site,. but a journal of opinion. Also, sorry to shatter your illusions, journalists typically work on very tight deadlines and rarely have the luxury of being able to conduct extensive research, unless it is a pre-planned series. This place makes no bones about being anything other than a consevative site, so why would it feel compelled to produce fawning articles and pieces on Barack Obama or the Democratic Party? That is done quite amply by The Huffington Post and Daily Kos. If you want to reaffirm your faith in the progressive agenda, go to those places.

    I will even give you two more places to go:

    Those sites should make you feel nice and comfy.

    Now, did you actually have something to say about Andrew Sullivan? If not, I bid you farewell.

  • LucyQ

    I proudly am a simple soul… got that right. As far as your other nonsense, I don't believe all righties are nazis nor all lefties are communists. And I know that the wars on terror will not be solved until we become energy-independent even if we invade all Islamic nations. It makes no sense to be funding terror regimes while fighting the terrorists that those terror regimes support. That should be obvious to all Americans even though both conservative and liberal sites are blaming terror on the other side, like little children.

  • Walt

    Yes, you are quite correct. I was mistaken in trying to discuss matters with you as if you were an adult. It would all appear to be nonsense to you. Why don't you go outside and skip rope before your caregiver gives you your evening bath?

  • elixelx

    Right On, Cowboy!
    CNN International, reporting on the Official Terror in Tehran yesterday, said “…which the Iranian Govt. says is being caused by paid OUTSIDE agitators…”
    See, no mention of the Great Satan! And Why? Because Barry-boy would never permit The Islamic Republic and its Honorable Government to be victimised by American Dirty Tricks on his watch…
    So, I suppose if you asked the local Robert Gibbs what his Iranian doppelganger means by *OUTSIDE” he would probably say…MAURITIUS!
    If we all ignore Barry-boy's bum-boy, Andrew Sullivan, he WILL go away!

  • antifascist18

    LucyQ is a typical dumb Leftard girl whose left droppings here before. Maybe she wants a relationship (ha ha) with the likes of not-so-randy Andy.

    BTW- hon, we won't become energy independent as long as we have the likes of Barry H. with his anti-drilling, anti-exploration policies, more higher taxes for us, and more dependency on his Saudi and Iranian chums for fuel.

    Ever consider why this clown won't denounce the Iranians for rapine and slaughter, but knows how to go after Jews for building homes? Too bad you're not a big-mouthed girl in the streets of Tehran, you wouldn't last a minute, and Mister Monk as well as the Sullivans of the world wouldn't lift a finger to help you.

  • LucyQ

    Ditto to you as above.

  • armaros

    An idea:

    How about all of us sending a copy of the Playgirl with Levi Jonhston to him?

    The two could get a room and the we can all be left alone without these Palin obsessed morons.

  • TuMadre

    It has long seemed to me that most queers have as their biggest focus in their lives their sexual identities. For many of them, thanks to the gay apologists and crusaders, it's seems to be a path to fame and fortune. 'Nothing warped about that—much.

  • TuMadre

    Most aren't very emotionally developed. Any I've known well enough to talk with them about being gay have, every time, demonstrated that there is an element of emotional stuntedness and almost all were molested when they were very young. I'm tired of the Left pretending that the closing argument is: 'They're born that way,” just because so many people are so intellectually lazy (sorry about the oxymoron). I think they must be where AlGore got that stupid: “The argument is over…” crap. Now, it appears to me that BHO wants to dictate to us what constitutes science. Am I the only one who thought it weird when, during the campaign, he said he wanted to put science back in its rightful place? Where does he want us to believe it went? Does global warming/climate change come to mind?

  • bobbyg56

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