Yesterday the blogger formerly known as RAWMUSLGLUTES (link not safe for work) published the following embarrassing post:
For abuse of prisoners. And some don’t believe God exists.
As I (and others) pointed out, Sullivan’s excitement was stunningly misplaced. The prosecutor who brought this turkey is a lunatic, and the case is going nowhere.
Sullivan, mortified, pulled the trick performed by little kids all over the world, after they yell: “Hey, Mom! Watch this!” . . . and then fall right on their ass.
They bluster through it. They stand up, put on a serious face, and say: “I meant to do that.”
When a kid does it, it’s cute. When Andrew Sullivan does it, it’s just pathetic.
Sullivan tried to shrug off his embarrassing comments as a joke, in a post titled Patterico and Code:
It seems that the right-wing blogger [that's me! -- P] was immune to the irony in my post about Cheney that noted he was indicted for “abuse of prisoners.”
Oh, it was ironic. I see.
It was that trademark deadpan wit!
Patterico describes this obviously wry remark thus: “Anderson Sullivan”; “shrieking, hysterical”; “wets his pants”. Drudge had the same headline, without the deadpan commentary. Was he shrieking and hysterical?
No, because Drudge didn’t include the stupid line about how there really is a God, and you did, Sullivan.
Let’s closely examine the concept that Sullivan didn’t get fooled by the news that Cheney had been indicted. Yes: let us carefully consider that possibility — and then laugh heartily and discount it entirely. Because if Sullivan didn’t get taken in by this stupid story, it would be the first stupid story in history that didn’t take him in.
Let’s review, shall we?
This is the hysterical blogger who was taken in by the idiot Kos rumor that Trig Palin was the offspring of Sarah Palin’s daughter. Even the morons at Kos were so embarrassed that they deleted the post. Not Sullivan. He still wants the medical records!
This is the moron who, when there was a bogus rumor that Sarah Palin had been involved in an affair with Todd Palin’s former business partner, immediately wrote two breathless posts about it, including one that said, and I quote:
Todd Palin’s former business partner files an emergency motion to have his divorce papers sealed. Oh God.
Note the studied irony and the wry tone of this deadpan remark! Golf clap, everyone!
Some idiot reader of his wrote him to say that Sarah Palin had named her kids after characters in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and he fell for it.
Sullivan hastily concluded that McCain had “clearly” said “horseshit” during a debate — and then took down the post when it became clear McCain had done no such thing.
There is a pattern here, and it is not a pattern of studied reflection and wry, deadpan commentary. It is a pattern of jumping to conclusions like a teenaged girl screaming OMG!!!11!1! at every idiot rumor out there.
I deemed Sullivan to be “shrieking and hysterical,” not out of homophobia, but rather because he is shrieking and hysterical — as the above examples amply demonstrate.
This is not a man with high journalistic standards. His idea of research is quoting Wikipedia — or if he’s feeling really energetic, Democrat-penned opposition papers. His idea of Serious Journalism includes discussing the love life of Sarah Palin’s sister and the MySpace page of Levi Johnston. His idea of debate commentary consists of incisive observations like this: “Piper is poking Trig in the eye!”
Having implied that I am homophobic, Sullivan goes on to criticize me by pointing to . . . my commenters.
So we’re judging each other by our commenters, eh, Andrew Sullivan? I’m happy to play that game.
Because, you see, shortly after Sullivan linked my post, this blog got a rush of nasty comments coming here from his blog, saying disgusting things the likes of which we haven’t seen here in quite some time.
Here are some of the comments left by Sullivan’s fans. Keep in mind that — according to his own standards — these comments all reflect directly on Andrew Sullivan. First we’ll hear from “timpundit”:
But, I’m guessing you don’t care as long as you can call a gay man a a’faggot’, right?
Nobody had used that word until “timpundit” did. Another commenter stole the name of a regular commenter here named “Icy Truth” and said:
My wife is fat and a raging bitch, but it sure is fun to make fun of Sully! Heh.
Then we have “RightWingTruthTeller” who addressed another of my commenters by saying:
Scott, I suspect that your wife falls into the obese category as well. 1-800-JENNY-CRAIG.
But the classiest Sullivan fan was clearly Mitch, who left this charming comment about Sarah Palin:
Really, Karl? Sarah is so hot I’d lick her asshole ten ways till Sunday.
Normally, I’d delete such comments, but I have decided to let them stand as a testament to the class of Sullivan’s fans — and therefore, according to Sullivan’s own rules, to Sullivan himself.
In a separate post, Sullivan salves his wounded ego by posting an e-mail from a “reader” talking about what a great blogging day he had. Various topics are listed, including one he stole from my site without attribution from a Justin Levine post. Sullivan then says:
You never know what you’re going to be blogging about from day to day. As I got up this morning and removed my urine streaked boxers, put on my hysterical dress, and sat down to shriek, the world just opened up.
Wow. I really wounded him.
But, Sully? When I said you had wet your pants with excitement over the prospect of a Cheney indictment, I didn’t mean you had wet your boxers with urine.
You shrieking, hysterical moron.