Some wonder why I keep linking and discussing Sullivan. Whether you like it or not, in this discussion he matters. Allahpundit notes that a link from Sullivan crashed a court website and adds:
As much as we’d all like to believe it’s dKos holding the hoops through which these morons jump, I’m convinced it’s Sullivan whom they’re taking their cues from. Yes, most of the media is liberal, and yes, many of them read Kos and don’t read right-wing blogs where they’d have access to debunkery; Ace has been writing about that all week and it’s true as far as it goes. But I don’t buy that they’re so cocooned that they’re unaware Kos has a credibility problem. It’s Sullivan, with his TNR pedigree and his reputation — to this day — for being “right-leaning” and therefore, ahem, impartial who lends credibility to the rumors by stamping them with the Atlantic’s imprimatur. Surely a serious pundit wouldn’t post smears about Trig Palin being Bristol Palin’s child. There simply must be something to it.
By the way, Sullivan’s links crashing the court site had to do with Sullivan’s attempt to dig up dirt on the bogus rumor that Sarah Palin has been involved in an affair with Todd Palin’s former business partner, causing that man to file a motion to seal his divorce papers. Before we learned that the sealing was innocent — done not to shield the public from non-existent allegations about an affair with Palin, but rather to protect the man and his young son from lunatics, conspiracy theorists, and smear artists like Sullivan — Glute-Boy managed to mention this all-important news in not just one, but two posts. Here is an example of the sort of serious journalism that Sullivan has been engaged in lately:
Is the party of traditional marriage aware that the vice-presidential nominee actually eloped with her now-husband? And just in case you missed it: Scott Richter, Todd Palin’s former business partner, has just filed an emergency motion to seal his divorce papers.
That last was a revelation so compelling that it needed to be mentioned in two blog posts. Here was another:
Todd Palin’s former business partner files an emergency motion to have his divorce papers sealed. Oh God.
“Oh God!” bleats the Serious Pundit.
Despite Sullivan’s past claims that private sexual lives should be off limits when the private life was his own — even though his own rather publicly promiscuous “private” life demonstrated stunning hypocrisy — Sullivan is busy trying to dig up anything that he can on Palin, simply to push the idea that she is trailer trash. Hence, you get this sort of important information:
If Obama’s family were as colorful as Palin’s, you can bet the press would have been all over it. If Obama’s sister had nine kids from two fathers neither of whom she is currently living with, do you really think the press would not have written about it?
(You know, like the sister of that low-class woman Sarah Palin.)
Gee, I dunno. If Obama’s had written about the scourge of homosexual promiscuity, as Sullivan has, and then had advertised himself for promiscuous homosexual sex, as Sullivan did (link is not work-safe), advertising for “One-on-One’s, 3-Ways, Groups/Parties/Orgies, and Gang Bangs” — do you really think the press would not have written about it?
At least Sullivan’s story has a hypocrisy angle among the lurid details, the pictures of his naked buttocks on the Internet, and the description of his “power glutes.” Talking about the sex life of Sarah Palin’s sister or daughter has no legitimate purpose at all.
The sorts of arguments this Serious Pundit is making are going to alienate voters.
That’s why I think it only helps our cause to point out the hysterical and sexist rantings of this, Palin’s most visible and unhinged critic — although bottom-feeder Bill Maher runs a close second.
UPDATE: Sullivan has a photo up titled “The Softer Side of a F-ing Redneck.” It shows Levi Johnston kissing Trig while Bristol Palin holds him.
That does it. If he is going to make constant disparaging references to the people surrounding Sarah Palin, I am going to keep linking the personal ad where he hypocritically seeks out men for promiscuous sex. I’ll do my best to make sure nobody ever forgets it.