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     Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States
     Book III, § 1857.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Roger Simon on Andrew Sullivan (by way of Wretchard). I have the feeling he hasn't been watching Sullivan too closely, or he wouldn't have written this:

What's behind a lot of Andrew's assertions seems to be a belief that the occupation of Iraq was botched.

The fact of the matter is, Andrew Sullivan went off the deep end when the Massachusetts Supreme Court plumped for gay marriage, and he hasn't come up for air since. Everything Andrew does, now, is directed toward that one end. He was staunchly for the President, and the conduct of the war, right up until the FMA proposal made its appearance, and he's been throwing a snit ever since. All the facts on the ground -- especially the war in Iraq -- were instantly reappraised, all the inferences just as quickly reversed, a replacement sheaf of premises derived in haste from the all-important conclusion, for no better reason than, "I'll make you soooo sorry." It would be funny if it weren't so grotesque, especially given that, before the meltdown, he was eminently worth reading.

Don't take my word for it, though. Have a go through the archives over at Daily Dish, and pay attention to the timeline.

-- posted by Clayton 10/17/2004 01:49:00 AM

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