Monday, November 16, 2009

Today's Andrew Sullivan Obvious
Lack-of-Self-Awareness Update

Having been on the road a lot lately, I've had little time to keep track of the psycho-dramatic peregrinations of Andrew Sullivan. One of the most hysterically laughable aspects of Sully's recent blogging is how he engages in psychological projection, accusing others of his own most obvious faults, to wit:
I've heard it before from a source very close to her - a source who also told me that Palin was obsessed with this blog for much of the campaign.
Right. Dr. Andrew Sullivan, M.D., OB-GYN, excecutive director of research at the Atlantic Memorial Center for Republican Obstetric Investigation, accuses Palin of being obsessed with him. (Really rather reminiscent of Charles Johnson accusing me of attacking him.)

Sullivan devoted gigabytes of pixels to pushing Trig Truther attacks on Palin, establishing himself as the de facto Emperor of Trig Trutherland. A public figure under relentless attack from any source must obviously pay attention to the attacker, but the uterine-obsessive Sully engages in a perverse rationalization, suggesting that her necessary attention proves that she was "obsessed."

Having ridden his lunatic hobby-horse to self-indulgent glory -- the rodeo hero of Palin-haters everywhere -- now Sully goes for the championship buckle by issuing a ridiculous "challenge" to Palin. (Note the Charles Johnson-like gadfly approach: Sullivan arrogates to himself the authority to decide what subjects Sarah Palin must address.)

What should Palin do about Sully? For now, do nothing. Or, rather, don't do much. Late last week, Professor Donald Douglas contacted me about the latest Johnsonoid eruption. Had I seen it? Was I going to respond?

I told the professor that I was too busy reporting the final stop of the Tea Party Express in Orlando (and working with Barbara Espinosa of American Freedom blog) to pay much mind. However, when I posted my video-photo-blog of the Orlando rally, a "Glenn Beck for President" sign gave me a chance to throw an elbow at Johnson. Just a love-tap, you see, so he doesn't get the idea I'm oblivious to his vile mendacity.

There's a right way and a wrong way to deal with the annoyances of a gadfly. The important thing is to maintain the strategic initiative: You decide when, where and how to respond. Do not feel compelled to respond to every attack, for to do so would be to allow your antagonist to determine the terms of engagement, to force you to fight on the field of his choosing, to decide the tempo of the battle. If he gets to make the rules, he'll win the game.

Having confidence in your own ability to win and knowing your adversary's habits, study his tactical dispositions and wait for the opportunity to strike him where he is weakest. When you strike, strike suddenly, throwing every available force at the point where the opponent is weakest, and keep up the attack until you have completely routed him.

Sarah Palin can afford to ignore Andrew Sullivan, trusting conservative bloggers like Dan Riehl and Ace of Spades to counter him. During her book tour, she should occasionally employ "Andrew Sullivan" as a punchline, goading him into new attacks by making him aware that she regards him as a laughingstock. Eventually -- this is a prediction, and you can take this one to the bank, governor -- Sully will make an attack that is demonstrably false. And then . . .

Hiroshima, baby.

(Hat-tips: Fear and Loathing in Georgetown and Memeorandum. Cross-posted at Right Wing News.)

UPDATE: Dan Riehl: Andy Sullivan demands a womb with a view.


  1. It's even worse than that: Andrew Sullivan continues to pose not just as a conservative, but as the peruked and robed Lord High Judge of conservative thought.

    He's so convinced of the rightness of "same-sex marriage" (since "equality" and "family" are conservative values), he advocates the Federal government should impose it on those states that've failed to approve it. And as you've forcefully demonstrated, Sullivan's an anti-Southern bigot.

    But we're supposed to call him a conservative because he says so. Uh-huh.

  2. Does anybody have contact with INS so we can send Dr. Sullivan back to the UK? can anyone call in any favors?

    All he'll leave behind is a fool who callshimself Conservative but will be working for Obama in 2010 (Conor).

  3. Anybody know where I can find that old AOS post about Andrew Sully and his sordid past? It exposed Andrew as an advocate for unprotected sex within the gay community. Unlike Sarah Palin, Andrew Sullivan actually is an anti-condom extremist.

    One more time-

    Andrew "HIV positive" Sullivan is an advocate for unprotected anal sex.

    Go figure...

  4. Sullivan, Andrew
    Inexorable vituperation be thy name

  5. On second thought, I think Sully is pro-condom, but only when they are used as cups.


  6. Sullivan is the kind of guy who would commit a crime and use his political connections to get out from prosecution. He's the kind of guy who wants to be a citizen in a country he's calling reprehensible, or gobsmacking, or whatever slang he's found.

    He's part of the corruption that limited government fans want to stop. He knows why the government gave him a pass on this drug conviction... it's because he's their propaganda outlet. I remember that 'milky loads' ad... he's simply a bad person. Not a man of normal mistakes... but a really bad fella.

    He hates women... not just Palin but any strong woman. His anger at Palin is because she is especially womanly. Her power is not in her ability to act like a man... she's a natural leader, mother, wife. No compromises. For Sullivan's deep loathing of a woman, he must deny her that basic core identity. That's why he's so convinced that Palin faked a pregnancy. That's insane, but it denies Palin credit for being a mother when it was really hard.

    Sarah Palin has benefited from Sullivan's horrors. It's hard not to like someone who is attacked by a monster. I doubt she actually reads his blog, though. It's not a good a blog. She probably gets emails about the worst attacks, and that's how she's aware of this guy.

    If even half of the GOP favorables (6 out of 10) of Palin vote to nominate her for president, she will win a landslide. And running against Obama, she will become bigger than ever. Win or lose, Sullivan is going to be freaking miserable.

  7. Dead. Solid. Perfect. Stacy.

    If you want to know what the Left is actually doing, see what it is accusing the Right of doing.

    Old Rebel: Spot-on.

  8. Eventually -- this is a prediction, and you can take this one to the bank, governor -- Sully will make an attack that is demonstrably false. And then . . .

    Hiroshima, baby.

    Eventually? Are you suggesting everything Andrew Sullivan has written to date is not demostrably false when it comes to Sarah Palin (and of course Trig)?

    As for "Hiroshima" in proving Andrew Sullivan wrong. Given the number of times Andrew Sullivan has been proven wrong, life would have ended on Earth back in 2003 and 2004 if that was the case.

    As Mark Twain said: "Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to."

    Given Sully's lack of shame, he must be some other species, probably somesort of talking beagle.

  9. Whatever happened to the guy who said the Palins were divorcing? Will he and his friends stand up now or have they been wiped out?

  10. The talking beagle will continue to bay at the fox. And the fox will continue to outsmart him.