This week, NY Magazine's resident non-blogger, Mr. Andrew Sullivan, comes right off the blocks with his facts all wrong in all the predictable ways:
We have become, at this point, inured to having an irrational president...
"We" have done no such god damn thing.
...in an increasingly post-rational America.
"America" is not "increasingly post-rational". The Republican Party is utterly and completely post-rational. Insane, actually, and has been for a very, very long time.
We’ve also come to tell ourselves that somehow (a) this isn’t really happening, (b) by some miracle, it will be over soon, or (c) at some point the Republican Party will have to acknowledge what they are abetting, and cut their losses.
Again with this "we" horseshit. There is no "we" in this equation. There is the Right, who are cruel and proudly ignorant and bigoted and quite mad. There are are those of us on the Left -- millions and million of us -- who have been right about the Right all along. And there are craven fence straddlers and moral cowards who have played the Both Sides game for fun and profit (mostly profit) until it was far, far too late.
But surely this week must mark some kind of moment in this vertiginous descent, some point at which the manifest unfitness of this president to continue in office becomes impossible to deny.
Denied...by whom, Andrew? The meathead Right, who have been cruel and proudly ignorant and bigoted and quite mad for decades and who love their unhinged fascist shit-gibbon beyond all reason? The Left -- millions and million of us -- who you hate with the heat of 1,000 suns? Who have been warning about the Right for decades? Who have been slandered and exiled from polite society for our trouble? Or are you referring to your running buddies in the Beltway media? You know, that clique of respectable, well-paid, craven fence straddlers and moral cowards who have played the Both Sides game for profit until it was far, far too late.
And speaking of craven twats who play the Both Sides game for personal profit, Mr, Sullivan continues, with emphasis unfairly added by me:
It’s revealing, it seems to me, that Richard Dawkins is the latest target of the authoritarian left — and why he is under attack. This week, he was disinvited from a book event hosted by a progressive radio station, KPFA, because of his criticisms of Islam...
Oh noes! A disinvitation by a progressive radio station! Seriously, how far into the obit and want-ad back pages of the internet did Mr. Sullivan have to dig to come up with a "But the Left!" example this stupid to balance out his obligatory "Both Sides Do It" equation this week?
Mr. Sullivan -- a paid NY Magazine non-blogger -- continues:
I fear that the truth is Islam has become an untouchable shibboleth for some on the left...My best guess is simply that, for the far left, anything that is predominantly “of color” is preferable to anything, like Judaism and Christianity, that can usually be described as “white.” ...The preoccupation with race on the far left is now so deep, in other words, it’s becoming simply an inversion of that on the far right...
America's Most Famous Gay Catholic Tory Conservative Public Intellectual once again peeks out between the curtains of his Washington D.C. apartment at the tony, upscale street below and once concludes that race is obviously not a thing in America anymore.
Because, as I mentioned yesterday, Both Siderism is not just a blight on the land and not just the crutch that keeps the Republican Party limping along from catastrophe to catastrophe. It is also corporate media policy, and as long as it remains corporate media policy, nothing will change.
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