Thursday, September 22, 2005
WHAT IF BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD WERE GAY?:
That’s about all we can say regarding the Rita/geoduck obsession. And about Sullivan’s entire post-TNR career, CTTOI.
posted by Sully 9/22/2005 10:05:00 PM
JUST SHUT UP ALREADY, BOB!:
The Novak column Sully links to has to be the most unintentionally funny thing we’ve read in quite a while, what with all this Plame-based irony its author probably doesn’t even realize he put in:“All discussions are off the record,” admonished the conference’s printed schedule. Consequently, I will refrain from specifically quoting panelists and audience members. But the admonition says nothing about personal conversations outside the sessions.Oh, really, Nofacts?Even if I am violating the spirit of secrecy rules, revealing criticism of Bush by this elite group, and the paucity of defense for him, is valuable in reflecting the president's parlous political condition.Translation: You hearing this, Fitzgerald? My any-way-you-slice-it violation of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act was valuable in reflecting Joseph Wilson’s parlous political condition. Indict me if you dare!
Really, it’s almost like he’s walking around with his fly open ...
Of course, anyone who at least up front tells you “ Nor do I feel inhibited in quoting myself,” is setting you up for the real subject of this column: Bob Novak’s Baaaaaaad Aaaaaaassss Song.In the absence of any disagreement, I took the floor to suggest there are scientists and bioethicists with dissenting views and that it was not productive to demean opposing views as based on “religious dogma.” The response was peeved criticism of my intervention and certainly no support.The real question, Bob, is why you were invited in the first place, especially after that stunning performance on CNN. You gave the people what they wanted, and you’ll be back next year to play the little court jester you’ve long since become.
I do not see myself as a defender of the Bush presidency, and I am sure the White House does not regard me as such. But as a member of the second panel consisting of journalists, I felt constrained to argue against implications that Hurricane Katrina should cause the president to rediscover race and poverty. My comments again generated more criticism from the audience and obvious exasperation by Charlie Rose. Indeed, after the closing dinner Saturday night, the moderator made clear he was displeased by my conduct.
Longtime participants in Forstmann Little conferences (this was my first and, after this column, probably my last) told me they had not experienced such hostility against a Republican president at previous events.
Oh, and we like this one:Critics of the president who are vocal and supporters who are reticent comprise a massive communications failure.There’s a shorter word for this phenomenon, Bob: embarassment, something you clearly stopped feeling a long time ago.
(And just what is happening to English usage, anyway? How, exactly, do the described phenomena “comprise” a massive communciations failure? Isn’t it more accurate to say that those things are the result of a massive communications failure? What word was he thinking of?)
posted by Sully 9/22/2005 09:41:00 PM
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
AS USUAL, LAST WITH THE LEAST:
Oh? That avian flu wiki? That’s been around for a couple of months now.
posted by Sully 9/20/2005 06:03:00 PM
TAKING THE JOKE A LITTLE TOO FAR:
Does anyone else think he decided to blog so aggressively about the new North Korean nuke agreement just so he could make a cute reference to Team America?
posted by Sully 9/20/2005 05:50:00 PM
WE TRY TO BE HELPFUL:
We were going to get Sullivan’s Times Home Delivery User ID and post it here for him.
But we won’t. Not because we didn’t want to — we figured Sullivan wouldn’t mind, and having his password info widely known would be a good way to make TimesSelect utterly useless, a goal with which we are in agreement with him.
Because it turns out that at his Provincetown address, he isn’t the subscriber of record. Another way of putting this is that we don’t know The Boyfriend’s last name.
Leaving that aside, isn’t it a little bit disingenuous for Sully to play the martyr on this one if it’s not his money? And what, exactly, does his nonchalance about even making the 1-800-NY-TIMES call (real simple; no long hold time for us, we were on and off in two minutes) say about his ability to handle any editing position like running The New Republic again, ever? Especially in the context of his property-tax troubles?
posted by Sully 9/20/2005 05:35:00 PM
HEY, WAIT A MINUTE THERE:And if you think his cognitive and moral dissonance is rough, try being a gay Republican ...Uh, hasn’t Sullivan said in the past that he doesn’t consider himself a Republican, that he owes nothing to either political party, that he’s a conservative rather than a Republican?
posted by Sully 9/20/2005 05:29:00 PM