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Andrew Sullivan’s Own Goal (and My Assist)

This post is about Andrew Sullivan, so I promise to make it mercifully brief.

Sullivan is a pioneer. He was the first blogger to realize that in the low-knowledge, high-offense Internet age the shortest route to popularity was simultaneous moral outrage and moral dishonesty. I can’t believe you’ve done the thing I know you didn’t do. (See: Bush policy and Abu Ghraib, neoconservatives and wars for Israel).

The man who has designated Barack Obama the first gay president has appointed himself the arbiter of political hyperbole, naturally. He makes his rulings about beyond-the-pale commentary via negative “awards” on his blog. For my last post about Obama’s self-mythologizing and personality-cult efforts Sullivan has nominated me for his “Hugh Hewitt Award.” Hewitt is, of course, a national treasure, but in Sullivanland the award  “is given for the most egregious attempts to label Barack Obama as un-American, alien, treasonous, and far out of the mainstream of American life and politics.”

Sullivan objected to my post because I considered Obama’s comical insertion of his name into other presidential biographies and things like his administration’s personalized Mother’s Day cards alongside the self-aggrandizing efforts of Kim Jong Il. In order to make me sound sufficiently loony and nativist, Sullivan pasted one part of my post to another, using an ellipsis in place of five paragraphs which appear in the original. But that’s not what’s most entertaining here.

This is: In a May 9 blog post titled “Obama’s Creepy Emails And Ads,” Sullivan discusses some of the same Obama Mother’s Day cards I discuss. And here is his very own pronouncement on them: “What is this, North Korea?”

Whoops.



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