Tuesday, April 08, 2014

It Takes A Heap o’ Lyin’ In A Glass House t' Make It Home

On the subject of bigotry, Andrew Sullivan proffers the most flawlessly Conservative argument imaginable.

Namely, that his own previous statements on the subject simply do not exist.

Mr. Sullivan now:
"We have not won the debate this past decade or so because we have constantly exposed others’ hatred, or racked up the number of people we can condemn as homophobes. ... Of course there’s bigotry and ignorance out there. But calling everyone who disagrees with you a bigot rules out a chance to persuade them, drives them further into a defensive crouch, and prevents us winning the argument in the long run."

 -- Andrew Sullivan, 04/08/14
Mr. Sullivan then:
"Alec Baldwin Is A Homophobic Bigot"

-- Andrew Sullivan, 11/14/13.

"Yes, Alec Baldwin Is A Homophobic Bigot"

-- Andrew Sullivan, 11/15/13
And not just a bigot, but:
"And this raging, violent bigot cannot be defended any longer."
As Mr. Sullivan vanishes completely up his own ass, words fail.

So this will have to do.


Anonymous said...

I don't remember Sully ever defending Alec Baldwin. In fact, I remember him leaping zealously at the opportunity to call a famous liberal a bigot. Because even after all we've been through and even after he has finally realized that American conservatism is a gigantic, and possibly inoperable, tumor on this country's politics and its sanity, the REAL ENEMY is still a monolithic band of NASTY LEFT LIBERALS that exist only in Sully's imagination.

Baldwin's words were indeed ugly and hateful. If the backlash against him helps to make those words even more offensive than before, that's worth being grateful for.

However, call me crazy, but I am much more insulted by those who want to codify discrimination against all gays into law than I am against someone who supports LGBT rights, but is just your run-of-the-mill asshole in his personal interactions.

Sullivan goes to cocktail parties with polite, soft-spoken bigots like Douthat and Eich, so they just can't be bad people. He has spent his adult life lobbing potshots at liberals like Alec Baldwin (or just the decadent left fifth column in its coastal enclaves).

gratuitous said...

I'd rather fail my Wasserman Test
Than read a poem by Eddie Guest.

Dorothy Parker - who would fuck your shit up

Karen Crosby said...

I want this excellent baby and her dad to tear up David Brooks' editurdial on Suffering. What fresh hell was that piece? I hadn't actually tried to read anything from Brooks for years as driftglass and Charlie Pierce do it for me. I bow to their patience and courage!!