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October 04, 2005



You've got to be kidding.

Bainbridge has plenty of support for the president and is about as far away from being a liberal as one can be. He happens to believe the President screwed this one up which, apparently, means he's no longer allowed to be either a conservative or a Republican.

The Malcontent

My comment was more on Hewitt. As I have blogged before, I think Hewitt has some perfectly valid points in Miers' favor. But in Sullivan's world, to support a decision -- any decision -- by the President is apostacy.

If you can show me more than one or two posts where Sullivan has given full-throated support to this President about anything, I would be very surprised. George Bush is a flawed man like anyone else; he is not the cartoon in Andrew Sullivan's fevered brain.

Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest)

Cute comment, Malcontent. And right on the money.

Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest)

oh. . . and . . . before Andrew made the president into a "cartoon" as you put it, he practically drooled over the guy. Kind of like me and Barbra until I learned her politics.


In brief: Sullivan has consistently provided his full-throated support to the president on the importance of the War on Terror, his tax policies and the rhetoric in favor of smaller government. He has consistently railed against the president for the failure to address in any manner whatsoever federal spending and the appalling allegations of torture which the administration seems to be uninteresed in. I'm not sure why any of that is inconsistent or somehow not conservative.

Here's how he recently described his own disillusionment with the administration:

Maybe the fact that I once truly did buy into this makes me more jaundiced today. I really wanted the man to succeed; believed he could; and, given the stakes, I felt it was almost irresponsible not to support him in the war and defend him from his worst and least principled critics (most of whom still make me retch). If so, filter my current negativism through the prism of my previous enthusiasm. Maybe I'm over-reacting. But please don't ignore the facts: the biggest increase in federal government spending, debt and power since LBJ. . . . I became a conservative because I saw in my native country what a terrible, incompetent, soul-destroying thing big government socialism is. It breaks my heart to see much of it now being implemented in America - by Republicans.

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