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Friday, March 19, 2004

 
Being Andrew Sullivan
Written by: Answerman

I tend to like Andrew Sullivan. I read his blog almost every day, and he's always posted some interesting bit of analysis. I've never been able to figure out exactly what kind of "conservative" he is (heck neither has he; witness the semi-annual attempts to define some sort of new conservative movement, such as "Eagles" or "South Park Republicans"), but hey, no one ever said you have to be a conservative to be interesting or have something intelligent to say.

But sometimes the guy is just maddening. Witness this gem:

MCCAIN ON KERRY: Here's a question worth asking: whatever John Kerry's record, could he afford in office to be weak on terror? Wouldn't he be obliged to continue Bush's policies in Iraq and Afghanistan and even, as he has already promised, actually increase troop levels in those countries? I don't think it's out of the question. John McCain knows Kerry and says he doesn't believe he'd be "weak on defense." Sometimes, a Democrat has to be tougher than a Republican in this area - if only to credentialize himself. I can certainly conceive of Richard Holbrooke being a tougher secretary of state than Colin Powell. I'm not yet convinced and want to hear much more from Kerry. But I'm persuadable. Four more years of religious-right social policy and Nixonian fiscal policy is not something I really want to support.
That's great, Andrew. Look, we know you're pissed at Bush about homosexual "marriage," and you're obviously entitled to your opinion. And you're entitled not to vote for the guy. Heck, you're even entitled to vote for John Kerry if you want to, and if you have a death-wish. But get it over with already!! I've read enough of your articles and posts these last couple of years to know that in your heart of hearts, you KNOW John Kerry is the wrong answer when it comes to the national security of the United States. You KNOW that a Kerry administration would be a foreign policy disaster for this country if there ever was one. So if it's so important to you that Barney Frank and his latest boyfriend get hitched in the next few years, more important than your country's security, then vote for the guy! And endorse him on your website! I would disagree strongly with your priorities, but we're all entitled to our opinions. I simply ask that you stop rationalizing and engaging in this semi-public process of talking yourself into thinking that this joker can hack it as commander-in-chief. Be honest, Andrew. Your credibility on the War is at stake.


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