Mr. Sullivan has shrewdly chosen to jump on my "Jesus Spoon-Playing Christ, who keeps putting these assholes on teevee?" bandwagon, so good on him for that. His particular target: Senator John McCain:
A simple question: why does anyone still take [McCain] even faintly seriously? Why does David Gregory defer to him? Why does CNN have him on to discuss foreign affairs when he as demonstrated catastrophic judgment time and time again? McCain was on the Sunday morning shows 24 times in 2013 – far more than countless other Washington figures with far better records. The year before, he was invited on 21 times.
One of the many, many difference between Mr. Sullivan and myself is that, as a genuine, America-hating, cut-and-running Liberal Fifth Columnist, I spent the Bush Years like most Liberals spent the Bush Years: completely exiled from decent company and shunned and mocked by my own country's media. Nobody wanted to hear what a Liberal had to say. About anything. Ever. Which, come to think of it, was also pretty much the case during the Clinton Administration. And the Bush I Administration. And the Reagan Administration.
Mr. Sullivan, on the other hand, cheerfully dwelt among the monsters.
Vice President Cheney's legacyFormer Vice President Dick Cheney opened up to Dr. Sanjay Gupta about his battle with heart disease. It started a new conversation about his legacy. Andrew Sullivan, who once considered himself a friend and supporter of Vice President Cheney explains why he now calls him a "man who made some of the worst decisions in American history."
He supped with them. Palled around with them. And helped them do their very dirty work.
“The son of one of Rumsfeld’s closest friends was a friend of mine,” Sullivan says. “We met in a gay bar. That’s how I came to have dinner with Rummy and stay at his house in Taos. He liked to rag me about the blog: ‘You’ve done this for years and made no money. When will you make money?’ And we fought about gays in the military. But when it came to war in Iraq, I was more bellicose than he was.”
Another very big difference between between Mr. Sullivan and the pariah Liberals he use to excoriate for fun and profit (and now mostly just pretends never existed at all) is that, while Liberals were (and are, and, presumably, will always remain) firmly parked in Beltway media Coventry, from his ringside seat as Conservatism's very own gay Vladimir Pozner, Mr. Sullivan was able to amass a very impressive media CV:
Sullivan started his blog, "The Daily Dish," in 2000. His articles have appeared in The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Esquire. He is a regular guest on "The Chris Matthews Show," "Charlie Rose," "Anderson Cooper 360°," "Meet The Press," "Face the Nation," Nightline," "NPR's Fresh Air" and "Larry King Live."
So my simple question for Mr. Sullivan is this: if you sincerely want to know why David Gregory, CNN, et al continue to fete and fawn over thoroughly discredited failures like John McCain...why on Earth aren't you on the phone with your colleagues right now, asking them that very question?
Calling and asking them over and over again until you either get an answer or a flat refusal?
After which you could -- who knows! -- post what they had to say (or did not say) on your blog?
You know -- journalism.