Friday, July 23, 2004
MORE INATTENTION TO DETAIL:
George Cerny catches Sullivan being a pundit instead of a journalist (well, when has he not been since
getting firedleaving TNR?)
posted by Sully 7/23/2004 01:33:00 PM
JUST ONE LITTLE POINT THERE ...:
Jo Fish has a little reminder of just what happened to many of those Dixiecrats that may explain what so befuddles Sullivan about why the Republican Party went wrong.
posted by Sully 7/23/2004 01:31:00 PM
DOES HE KNOW SOMETHING WE DON’T?:
posted by Sully 7/23/2004 01:29:00 PM
Thursday, July 22, 2004
YOU REALLY WANT TO TAKE THAT COMPLIMENT?:
George Cerny asks Sully if he really wants to be associated with Dick Morris.
posted by Sully 7/22/2004 01:35:00 PM
GRASPING AT SHREDS HERE:
If Sullivan is going to go on a right-wing PC hunt against the Times over “cakewalk” shouldn’t he give a reckoning in turn over the times he has used or allowed “pork barrel,” a term with a similarly racist etymology, to be used on his website?
Only Andrew Sullivan could take a New York Times editorial bemoaning the lack of viable opposing candidates for a popular and well-liked Democrat and find something to devote several posts worth of not-very-relevant criticism about.
posted by Sully 7/22/2004 01:25:00 PM
ANDREW SULLIVAN IS STILL HAVING SEX AND NOTHING SEEMS TO STOP HIM:
posted by Sully 7/22/2004 12:03:00 AM
WE NEED SAY NO MORE ABOUT HIS TENDENCY TO WANT TO HAVE IT BOTH WAYS:
I often post stories predicting his demise. But I’m confident he’ll win the next election easily.
posted by Sully 7/22/2004 12:01:00 AM
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Back in balmy Houston after a trip to the Tip, John tells us more about his Sullivancounters in past sojourns.
We learn that Andrew behaves like a Syrian musician on a Northwest flight in the mornings and that his attitude towards bears was not always so positive.
We also learn in another post that P-Town is, no great surprise, a veritable cornucopia of anti-Bush propaganda, and perhaps that’s making him cranky to have to walk his beagle about and be reminded of Thatcherite Britain.
We wondered if the house in question on Commercial Street was Sullivan’s (presumably John knows which one it is) but it seems not.
And would John’s week be complete without at least one jibe in Sully’s direction?
posted by Sully 7/21/2004 04:36:00 PM
ARGUE THE REAL ISSUE ... EXCEPT THEY CAN’T:
Jo Fish is the latest to keep a clear head:
When he returns to Terra Firma, someone will still be criminally liable for releasing Valerie Plame’s name to Novakula to “punish” Wilson for not being a good little lap-dog. He seems to either forget or not care that a crime was committed by a member of the 1600 Crew. Just another case of Moral Relativism at work, officer, nothing to see here ... move on.
UPDATE: George Cerny is even less convinced by Berger than he was before.
posted by Sully 7/21/2004 04:31:00 PM
Lessee ... Sullivan pours righteous indignation all over Bill Clinton for this:
Former president Bill Clinton defends his embattled national security advisor as a man who “always got things right,” even if his desk was a mess. “We were all laughing about it,” Clinton said about the investigation into Sandy Berger for taking classified terrorism documents from the National Archives. “People who don't know him might find it hard to believe. But ... all of us who’ve been in his office have always found him buried beneath papers.”
yet at the same time can’t keep a straight face, writing several posts in which he manages to come across like a giggly second-grader who finds the mere thought of underwear funny:
If so, I can’t wait for the fruits of the loom, I mean, inquiry...
One more question: were they boxers or briefs?
CNN has some sources saying Berger did too stuff his socks ...
And as for the “hilarity” of Clinton’s anti-terror record, we’d say that, while Clinton certainly wasn’t perfect as the Cole and the embassies can attest, his people managed to foil a terrorist attack on the Lower 48 (the millenium bombings), as Bush’s did not.
Hardee har har.
posted by Sully 7/21/2004 04:20:00 PM
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
HOW WE DEAL WITH MISCREANTS OVER HERE:
George Cerny’s first reaction to the Berger story was probably the harshest of anyone we’ve read ... and although he’s a registered Republican he is no fan of the Bush Administration, as any reader of his site knows. In great detail, and sounding as if he knows what he speaks of, he explains why Berger’s excuse doesn’t hold water.
Compare that to the right-wingers still holding on to the fantasy that blowing covert agents’ cover is alright when serves the ends of political payback.
In his morning update, he talks about Sullivan’s response to Josh Marshall’s later post on the issue, and notes:I should note that Andrew Sullivan weighs in, and also references Marshall.
My own thoughts, written before I read theirs, are pretty similar to theirs; Sullivan describes himself as “gob-smacked,” while Marshall uses “inexplicable.”
But here’s how the Sullied One describes Marshall:JOSH SPINS BERGER: Even the loyal Democrat can’t find an explanation for Sandy Berger’s shenanigans. But he still thinks the story is a function of Republican dirty tricks
Remember, they agree. You can read Marshall’s posts (like the man says, “always click on the link”) and it’s difficult to describe them as spinning anything. The suspicious timing of the leak is, of course, suspicious, but Sullivan doesn’t deny that or give any reason to doubt it.
Long-time Sullivanalogists are familiar with his frequent demonstration of what psychologists call “projection”: The individual perceives in others the motive he denies having himself. Thus the cheat is sure that everyone else is dishonest. The would-be adulterer accuses his wife of infidelity.
Sullivan’s first instinct if he were defending one of his own, Bush say, would be to spin. He assumes everyone else must be doing the same thing all of the time.
Keep this in mind when you consider Sullivan’s screed against Joe Wilson, with its all-too-obvious rejoinder; or, his latest comment on the NY Times:
After a while, it begins to look pathological.
Ah, the beauty of WYSIWYG HTML editors. Working with the blockquote tool may be a little maddening, but if you do it right they do a blogger’s work for him, or her, or they, or it.
posted by Sully 7/20/2004 03:54:00 PM
Jo Fish minces no words:
What Sullivan really wants is more young men (servants) in uniform so he can continue to live out those P-Town macho masturbatory fantasies of Hot Young Soldiers all coming for him. Remember, it’s not about right and wrong it’s about ... ahhh who knows with him anymore.
He also answers the same question Brady and Ailes have taken a crack at.
posted by Sully 7/20/2004 03:50:00 PM
WILSON: THE DEFINITIVE RESPONSE:
Kevin Drum, who is always a pleasure to cite on the occasions we get to do so, has it over at the Monthly.
While he agrees with the right that Wilson may well have exaggerated the role he played, he concludes “his credibility as a source is definitely tattered, but perhaps not quite as thoroughly demolished as his enemies are claiming. It’s hardly a Page 1 blockbuster.”
Again he reminds us that this is all just a sideshow:
The only real issue on the table right now is whether anyone in the Bush administration outed his wife as a CIA agent, and that’s a matter under investigation by the FBI. Whether or not Wilson lied to the press about other matters doesn’t really affect the legal case.
He then turns it around and asks an Interesting Question for the right to answer, or try to:
Why didn’t Dick Cheney see Wilson’s report? Just because it was negative? This certainly seems to support the proposition that the administration willfully ignored any evidence that didn’t agree with their preconceived notions, doesn’t it?
Josh Marshall also has to remind the Wall Street Journal’s editorialists that there is no exception to the IIPA for political payback. He’s right that someone seems to be pushing this pretty hard, and may even believe it themselves. But it cuts about as much mustard with the law as telling the court you didn’t shoot your wife in the head because you wanted to kill her, but because you were mad at her for cheating on you.
posted by Sully 7/20/2004 03:35:00 PM
Can you be a little less lazy and backscratchy, Sully?
posted by Sully 7/20/2004 03:32:00 PM
BUT OF COURSE ...
Leaving aside the fact that this story ran in the reliably Beeb-hating Torygraph, clicking on it reveals these nuggets:
Most people indicated that they value the BBC and hold it in high esteem
The BBC has an overall satisfaction rating of 75 per cent, according to the research. But the public would like to see the corporation become more accountable to licence-fee payers and less accountable to Government or Parliament.
posted by Sully 7/20/2004 01:36:00 PM
Monday, July 19, 2004
THEY MEET AT LAST ... OR AT FIRST:
Logan Circle Guy is but the latest blogger to recount a personal encounter with Sullivan.
posted by Sully 7/19/2004 11:47:00 PM
196 SIGNS YOU’VE BEEN READING TOO MUCH JAMES LILEKS:
This bronchial bug has been tearing through Provincetown. I’ve long had asthma so I’m not normally fazed by an inability to breathe right. But this one was like some kind of suffocation. It reminded me of the asthma attacks I used to have as a child. A good deal of the response you need is psychological. You have to calm yourself down, stop yourself hyper-ventilating, or the asthma feeds on itself and you can get in serious trouble. Back in my childhood, they had very little to give you — not even an inhaler that worked — so my dad had to keep rubbing my back, staying up half the night in case I started to turn blue. I used to sit up in bed (if I lay down, I couldn’t breathe at all), training myself not to panic, occasionally breathing in the steam from a bowl of boiled water. I used to time my breaths and try and extend them slowly over the course of an hour or so. Funny how these ancient habits kick back in when you need them. Anyway, the antibiotics and inhalers are now working. I should be blog-ready soon enough.
Thank God he stopped before Gnat came in.
One can only imagine what Proust would have sounded like if he had asthma too ... oh, wait.
posted by Sully 7/19/2004 11:43:00 PM
Sullivan, you’re a little bit late with this spin point on Wilson.
None of the pieces linked to by Reynolds (whom we ourselves do not, ahem, sully by linking to) deal at all with his reply to the Senate report (scroll down and follow link), betraying as nothing else the totally choreographed and orchestrated nature of the Mighty Wurlitzer. They include a B-team conservative columnist, William Safire’s already discredited column, and this really freaky entry from a conservative blogger probably experiencing the highwater mark of his career via Reynolds’ link, which starts out reasonably enough but eventually, after some hits off the paranoia bong, descends to precious-bodily-fluids level:
Behind Joseph Wilson’s many lies, we have a set of mysteries on our hands, and we may well have a mole or a small cell of moles working against the interests of the United States from inside the CIA in the midst of war.
UPDATE: Steve Brady answers Sullivan’s question.
LATER UPDATE: Roger Ailes seconds that emotion.
posted by Sully 7/19/2004 11:30:00 PM
Sunday, July 18, 2004
... DESERVES ANOTHER:
Sebastian reminds us there’s no link too minor to click on and fact-check.
(Why didn’t we? Because, as you all know, going to Kaus is more of a waste of time than it’s worth).
UPDATE: George Cerny links to Steve Smith’s more in-depth examination.
posted by Sully 7/18/2004 10:03:00 PM
MAKING HIM SICK
Jo Fish revulsed by Sullivan’s revulsion
Well, he went and pressed his case for the jerk-off. As everyone and their box turtle knows, if it weren’t for Sullivan and his self-serving smug overpaid brethren in the media who sold the Gore-Internet-Dog Meds bullshit over and over again, along with the Clenis™ life in these 50 states might be somewhat different ... Al-Qaeda or not.
posted by Sully 7/18/2004 11:44:00 AM
UP TO THEIR ... WELL, THE ARCHES OF THEIR FEET:
Roger Ailes finds that Petrelis was all wet, and Petrelis has to backtrack some. Will Sullivan take note?
posted by Sully 7/18/2004 12:16:00 AM