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Andrew Sullivan: Pity the fool?

posted at 9:24 pm on January 18, 2010 by

Andrew Sullivan is wallowing in self-pity over what he anticipates as a double digit win for Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race. It is a display that has television’s Andy Levy and IMAO’s Frank Fleming feeling sorry for Sully. But that pity might stop people from noticing that “the most popular one- or two- or three-man blog on the internet” has descended from unhinged conspiracy theorist to delusional hack.

Consider his analysis of the Massachusetts special election:

I can see no alternative scenario but a huge – staggeringly huge – victory for the FNC/RNC machine tomorrow. They crafted a strategy of total oppositionism to anything Obama proposed a year ago. Remember they gave him zero votes on even the stimulus in his first weeks. They saw health insurance reform as Obama’s Waterloo, and, thanks in part to the dithering Democrats, they beat him on that hill. They have successfully channeled all the rage at the massive debt and recession the president inherited on Obama after just one year. If they can do that already, against the massive evidence against them, they have the power to wield populism to destroy any attempt by government to address any actual problems.

I don’t remember that the GOP gave Obama zero votes on the stimulus bill, mostly because Snowe, Collins and Specter voted for it. I do recall Sen. Jim DeMint’s “Waterloo” comment, as it pointed out how utterly self-centered Obama was in trying to ram his unpopular proposals through Congress. I don’t remember that they beat Obama on taking over the US healthcare system, mostly because both houses of Congress have passed bills, and can pass a final bill without a single Republican vote. (One wonders why Sullivan, who claims to be a True Conservative, would see either of the health boondoggles Congress passed as desirable, but I digress.) I do not believe Obama has inherited massive debt, mostly because the claim is horse manure on at least four levels.

Then there are Sullivan’s predictions:

Even if Coakley wins – and my guess is she’ll lose by a double digit margin – the bill is dead. The most Obama can hope for is a minimalist alternative that simply mandates that insurance companies accept people with pre-existing conditions and are barred from ejecting patients when they feel like it. That’s all he can get now – and even that will be a stretch.

The earlier, less deranged Sullivan would have been smart enough — and attentive enough to the debate — to know that mandating coverage of pre-existing conditions has no chance of passage without coming up with the funding to prevent insurers from going into a death spiral, which sets you down the road to requiring people to buy insurance, etc.

It is one thing to entertain bizarre conspiracy theories about Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney, and so on. It is another to sloppily regurgitate partisan Democratic whine about the current political environment that has no basis in reality. Does he ever look in the mirror and entertain the thought that Obama and the Dems are suffering now because his hyperventilating, sycophantic paeans to Obama — and those of his fellow travelers in the establishment media — set up unrealistic expectations? Naaaaaaaah.

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FWIW I have heard 3 theories for the decline of Andrew Sullivan:

1) AIDS finally got to his brain

2) His lefty gay P-town friends turned on him after he sort of became a neocon and the resulting ostracism (plus pressure from his boyfriend) caused him to recant

3) His marijuana conviction hangs over his head and he wants to stay in the US. (However IIRC he started turning before the marijuana conviction)

YehuditTX on January 18, 2010 at 10:52 PM

I vote for option number one.

OhioCoastie on January 18, 2010 at 11:12 PM

(One wonders why Sullivan, who claims to be a True Conservative, would see either of the health boondoggles Congress passed as desirable, but I digress.)

This is why liberals fail so much.

They have to lie,distort,or cut and paste information to validate their points.

They pretty much have to “Micheal Moore” up the issues to get their base and enough independents to believe their drivel,coerce popular opinion,which leads to votes.

The problem for liberals with this though is that “solutions” and “accomplishments” are not made with smoke and mirrors but sound policy and strong leadership.

The massive failures of the Obama administration in it’s first year is a clear example of this.

Ride into office high on demonizing their opponents,lying and distorting their political positions and past,make promises they will never keep,and convince the electorate you are “smarter” and will fix all the world’s problems.

To sell Obama…democrats and their activists friends in the press had to lie,cover up,and distort Obama’s record and past to get enough suckers to buy Obama’s soaring rhetoric and false promises.

This liberal hustle by Sullivan,Obama,and the democratic machine is good for sales,but bad for ownership.

If the democrats and their activists friends had actually told the truth about Obama and he was properly vetted….he would never have been elected……..

…..If Sullivan actually stuck to the facts and wrote with objective integrity,his readership would not be getting the unhindered validation of their ideological opinions reinforced…….thus he would lose his readership.

Sullivan does not want to be confused with the facts….he just wants to write what he knows his readership wants to hear.

Baxter Greene on January 18, 2010 at 11:18 PM

Well said!

RobCon on January 18, 2010 at 11:33 PM

I stopped reading Sully five years ago (and LGF two years ago). As for AllahPundit, he’s on deck next.

RobCon on January 18, 2010 at 11:35 PM

RobCon on January 18, 2010 at 11:35 PM

Well said!

Christian Conservative on January 19, 2010 at 12:19 AM

Uh Oh. If Sully is predicting Brown will win, I don’t feel so good. Has baldy ever been right?

Speedwagon82 on January 19, 2010 at 12:34 AM

They saw health insurance reform as Obama’s Waterloo

Better analogy: Napoleon’s Russia campaign. He will try to come back from his health care defeat with a new stimulus bill – that will be his Waterloo.

kcewa on January 19, 2010 at 2:44 AM

FWIW I have heard 3 theories for the decline of Andrew Sullivan:

1) AIDS finally got to his brain

2) His lefty gay P-town friends turned on him after he sort of became a neocon and the resulting ostracism (plus pressure from his boyfriend) caused him to recant

3) His marijuana conviction hangs over his head and he wants to stay in the US. (However IIRC he started turning before the marijuana conviction)

YehuditTX on January 18, 2010 at 10:52 PM

All Andrew Sullivan cares about is getting state sanction on where he chooses to put Lil’ Andy. The day President Bush endorsed defense of marriage is the day Sullivan when over to the dark side.

All of his fulminations on any other subject turned out to be nothing at all. At the end of the day, he is a one-issue person. The only reason he supports Obama, even though Obama says he has the same position as Dubya on gay marriage, is because he knows, as we all do, that Obama is lying.

Haiku Guy on January 19, 2010 at 6:12 AM

I can’t recall whether it was 2003 or 2004, August, when Andy went on vacation (I was spending a week with the family at the beach) — right after one of his fundraisers. Before that he was a supporter of W. & the Iraq war. After that vacation, he was a critic of both. I suspect his boyfriend & others locked him away for a month and brainwashed him to a degree. I don’t know about AIDS related dementia, but given his Trig obsession, he definitely has some mental illness.

rbj on January 19, 2010 at 8:19 AM

Poor Andy. It’s so sorry that he has lost his mind.
At one time he was a real voice, but now he is just a whiney jerk repeating the DNC/Kos talking points with a gay twist.

Yes. Andy, HRC is going down .. and it should. If you take the real parts of the Senate bill that Leader Reid tried his damnedest to protect, it all about everything except health care for the 43 or 30 or 14 million uninsured. It’s about cost controls that are meant for Medicare and Medicaid (but they won’t say that because they will lose the AARP vote in a minute (but they won’t figure that out until after Reid/Pelsosi/Obama get the “illegal aliens” legalized and voting) and it all about getting new revenue sources (i.e. the young healthy uninsured).

It also means that eventually they won’t cover the high cost “members” like you, when you “cap out.” Then it will be your “duty to die.” It’s for the greater good, you know.

Andy .. you poor damn fool.

J_Crater on January 19, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Fantasy!
Notice how these liberals live in a dream world? That’s why they are tanking. They have no grasp on reality. “They have .. channeled ..the rage at the massive debt and recession that the president inherited…”
WRONG! So wrong. It’s not anger at the result, it’s anger at the process. Libs focus on the desired result because they have no principles to guide them. Conservatives focus on the process and the principles.
Sullivan even tries to spin, (or perhaps ACTUALLY BELIEVES) that projected Republican landslides this fall will be due to anger at Obama’s failure. Myopic focus on the result. Libs live in a dream world where everyone can be happy, fulfilled, and have all of there needs cared for.

Thank goodness that there are still Conservative pragmatists that can pull this helium infilled defecation back to the ground where it can be properly interred.
Perhaps the proper place is the White House Vegetable Garden…

Medbob on January 19, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Yep, I saw the Sullivan claim on Politico and knew 0 votes for the stimulus was wrong. A quick google search showed MSNBC listing the 3 votes for it.

Sadly I guess google, or research, or fact-finding is too difficult for whoever is posting under Sullivan’s name today, after being steeped in his mental juices.

gekkobear on January 19, 2010 at 3:18 PM