December 17, 2004

76 trombones led the big parade....

A friend writes, concerning my recent jab at Andrew Sullivan:

Andrew
Why don't you just come clean? It's good for the soul.

When you backed Kerry because of the FMA you essentially sold out most of your conservative principles. You are now trying to save face (or recoup) on what's left of them by nit-picking, monday-morning quarterbacking, ignoring some of your earlier positions on Iraq (remember the flypaper theory?) and everything else under the sun to make it appear your presidential choice was somehow principled and based on issues other than the FMA..

Forget it Babe. Nobody's buying. (Yes, you were always a deficit hawk - raise taxes in a recession?? - what a great idea!). But as Bush gets rolling in his 2nd term as a fiscal reformer, you are going to be more and more a "renegade" without a pew. And you don't deserve a pew until you level with your readers.

I think Andrew will scurry and elbow his way back to the front of the conservative parade, and then proudly brandish his staff like a drum major, and say, "Look! everybody's following me!" (He recently wrote an article on how things in Iraq are better than they look.)

To the Bush-haters, Sullivan has no value, except as a novelty. He's only interesting only because he's a turncoat, and they will secretly look forward to the day when they can send him to the gulag. But as a gay conservative pundit, he has a nice ecological niche pretty much all to himself. I myself would roll my eyes, but welcome him back—anyone who writes as well as he does gets a couple of Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free cards from me...

Posted by John Weidner at December 17, 2004 7:48 AM
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