August 4, 2006

Can't "make a case"...

Dean Barnett writes:

...Here’s the personal irony for me: As Soxblog readers know, Andrew Sullivan is one of the reasons I got into blogging. He was an inspiration. He used to turn out vast quantities of tightly reasoned, well written material. It amazed me he did all this for free.

Now, it’s literally tragic what he has become. The post [link] where he attacks Hugh [Here's HH's essay; judge for yourselves.] is the epitome of all that is wrong with the blogosphere. Sullivan eschews making an argument and opts solely for a personal attack. He makes this attack with no supporting evidence, and a surfeit of clichéd name-calling.

More tragic is the fact that we know Sullivan can do better. That’s perhaps why Sullivan’s latest incarnation so disappoints former colleagues like Mickey Kaus. Unlike Markos Moulitsas, who has shown no indications of possessing outsized talents either as a thinker or a writer, Sullivan in the past has....

For me, Sullivan's incoherence is not surprising. Previously, he was writing from a coherant philosophy. That's easy to do. Heck, even I, in a much humbler way, do it all the time. I can make a case: Here's what I think we should do, and why. Here are examples of where X has worked. Here are examples of where the alternative has been tried, and has failed. Facts + logic, blah blah blah.

When the gay "marriage" issue came up, Sullivan "flipped" to supporting the Democrats. BUT, he gained no leftish philosophy to underpin his new position. The philosophy that underlies Democrat thinking is socialism. And only the looniest of leftists can now openly avow it.

So all that's left for Sullivan is to attack the other side. Attack without any alternative plan. It's pathetic, and it's really the dilemma of the entire "left."

Posted by John Weidner at August 4, 2006 7:05 AM
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