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Sullivan Consistency Watch

posted at 2:12 pm on June 30, 2010 by

In this morning’s “Morning Jolt,” Jim Geraghty of NRO asked a question that I’ve been wondering lately: “Are you starting to get the feeling Andrew Breitbart clanks when he walks?” Geraghty is referring to Breitbart’s offer to Journolist members:

I’ve had $100,000 burning in my pocket for the last three months and I’d really like to spend it on a worthy cause. So how about this: in the interests of journalistic transparency, and to offer the American public a unique insight in the workings of the Democrat-Media Complex, I’m offering $100,000 for the full “JournoList” archive, source fully protected. Now there’s an offer somebody can’t refuse.

Earlier today, on his Twitter feed, Breitbart revealed that his offer offended the sensibilities of Andrew Sullivan. In a post entitled, “Politics as Total War,” Sullivan wrote some unintentionally hilarious commentary:

When Andrew Breitbart offers $100,000 for a private email list-serv archive, essentially all bets are off. Every blogger or writer who has ever offered an opinion is now on warning: your opponents will not just argue against you, they will do all they can to ransack your private life, cull your email in-tray, and use whatever material they have to unleash the moronic hounds of today’s right-wing base…This is what the right now is: no solutions, just anger, paranoia, insecurity and partisan hatred.

I know Sullivan’s writing is a target-rich environment, but this is just remarkable hypocrisy from a man who regularly uses his platform at The Atlantic to demonize those with whom he disagrees. His concern over one’s private life and email accounts must be a newly minted opinion. After all, during the 2008 presidential campaign and after, Sullivan wrote post after post after post after post after post in which he referenced things Sarah Palin had written in emails. Since Sullivan and Palin are probably not in regular email contact with one another, it’s safe to assume Sullivan repeatedly quoted email that Palin wrote in confidence.

Sullivan also made quite a name for himself “ransacking the private life” of Palin in his truly bizarre obsession with the former VP candidate’s uterus. A search of Sullivan’s site for mentions of “Trig” yields 668 results. At least one of the posts compliments Palin on her decision to keep the child. Many others, however, are Sullivan engaging in a campaign to prove to his readers that Palin is not Trig’s real mother. This fixation led to posts in which he scrutinized anecdotes and pictures in an attempt to prove Palin was lying. He repeatedly called the birth story into question and demanded transparency from the McCain campaign. He even questioned whether we were still a democracy because, after all, no one in the press had asked about the delivery story.

In his response to Breitbart, Sullivan bemoaned the right’s “anger, paranoia, insecurity and partisan hatred.” Perhaps he should do a little more introspection of his own anger, paranoia, insecurity*, and partisan hatred.

*Although his “comments of the day” could fall into this category, delving into it too much seemed a bit overly personal.

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This is far beyond Orwell. Spock has a goatee in Sullivan’s universe.

Laura Curtis on June 30, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Both uteruses and uteri are plural forms of uterus.

Rocks on June 30, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Friends don’t let friends blog while mentally ill. Sullivan needs more friends.

DrAllecon on June 30, 2010 at 2:43 PM

The placenta. Andy wants the afterbirth!

If we quit writing about him, do you suppose he’d just go away?

juanito on June 30, 2010 at 2:47 PM

I happened to visit Sulllivan’s blog this morning (I haven’t seen it for months), and had to LOL at the fact that he’s got a continuing Trig Palin thread there that ran up through yesterday. He really is obsessed on that matter. It would be one thing if he’d been temporarily obsessed and you had to delve back through time to find his last obsessive iteration of lunatic conspiracism. But it was right there, in multiple posts, running through the most recent stuff he had up on his Atlantic blog.

I don’t know why anyone reads him anymore. Bless his heart.

J.E. Dyer on June 30, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Sullivan needs an divine intervention.

hillbillyjim on June 30, 2010 at 2:50 PM

I once tried to make it through one of Sullivan’s bog entries, and could feel my IQ dropping like a rock. So much so, that by 2/3rds of the way through one of his posts, I narrowly averted slipping off into a coma.

Reading what others say about him isn’t quite so physiologicly destructive, but, there are effects that…

What was I saying just now?

44Magnum on June 30, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Friends don’t let friends blog while mentally ill. Sullivan needs more friends.

DrAllecon on June 30, 2010 at 2:43 PM

So true. If some one were this hypocritical but sane, they’d at least make mention of, and try to explain away, the contradiction.

rbj on June 30, 2010 at 3:08 PM

I think it’s safe to say that Andy is on the List.

uknowmorethanme on June 30, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Nice work, good reporting.

The Race Card on June 30, 2010 at 3:23 PM

A shrink could write endless books with this case study in projection. He’s actually become a caricature of liberal projection.

paratisi on June 30, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Palin pushed Sullivan over the edge. He has gone plum loco.

Inspector Sullivan!

Mr. Joe on June 30, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Mr. Joe on June 30, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Heh. I don’t even remember creating that one.

Slublog on June 30, 2010 at 8:32 PM

My guess is that Sullivan has been using a little too much crystal meth.

Or maybe he just isn’t getting the good looking boys like he used to. In his case, growing old isn’t hard.

thgrant on June 30, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Perhaps he should do a little more introspection


and maybe monkeys will fly out of my butt.

moochy on June 30, 2010 at 10:45 PM

Seriously, let’s all take up a collection and get Sarah to pop out of a cake at Sully’s next birthday party.

victor82 on June 30, 2010 at 11:48 PM

If it had not been for the short pants brigade over at NRO who relentlessly promoted Sullivan before and after 9/11 as a “reasonable libertarian with an opinion worth considering,” the psychotic freak would have labored in relative obscurity and been largely ignored when his mental meltdown began.

Adjoran on July 1, 2010 at 1:18 AM

Wouldn’t it be funny if Sullivan was the one who took Breitbart up on his offer?

RebeccaH on July 1, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Hey, Sullivan has refuted every point in Sublog’s post. Sublog’s retraction/correction will be eaten by the dog in 5…4…3…

chumpThreads on July 1, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Hey, Sullivan has refuted every point in Sublog’s post. Sublog’s retraction/correction will be eaten by the dog in 5…4…3…
chumpThreads on July 1, 2010 at 9:23 PM

You’re easily impressed.

Slublog on July 1, 2010 at 10:08 PM

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