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June 27, 2005

Andrew Sullivan Advisory: Redlining

Basically he's just on a constant jag about "torture" and HIV.

But it was this post that I think cinched the code red:

It seems to me that Karl Rove's sickening generalization about "liberals" in the war on terror is revealing in ways not obviously apparent. Sure, there were some on the hard left who really did jump to blame America for the evil perpetrated by the monsters of 9/11. I took names at the time. But all "liberals"? The New Republic? Joe Lieberman? Hitch? Paul Berman? The Washington Post editorial page? Tom Friedman? Almost every Democrat in the Congress who endorsed the war in Afghanistan? You expect that kind of moronic extremism from a Michelle Malkin, but from the most influential figure in an administration leading a country in wartime? Ok, ok, I'm not surprised. Rove is a brutal operator. But to my mind, the hysterical attacks on Durbin and now this outburst (and the White House's subsequent endorsement of it) are an indication of some level of panic.

It's funny that Excitable Andy uses the phrase "hysterical attacks" to castigate his opponents but continues using highly-emotional language like "sickening" like he was writing a fucking H.P. Lovecraft horror-story. I expect him to next describe Karl Rove's lair as being constructed of a strange and disquieting gray-green stone, piled high in impossibly tall Cyclopean towers, which seem to follow some non-Euclidean geometry in a most nauseuous manner.

Update: Master of None quotes Excitable Andy and observes:

"Sure, there were some on the hard left who really did jump to blame America for the evil perpetrated by the monsters of 9/11. I took names at the time."

Isn't that exactly what Rove said?

Let me go that one better.

After 9-11, Excitable Andy routinely used the "sickening" language "Fifth Columnists" to describe those seeking to undermine the war effort. Even when challenged on such name-calling, he did not back down.

Furthermore, on multiple occasions he quoted Orwell for the proposition that anti-war is "objectively pro-Nazi" (meaning, of course, that being anti-war now is objectively pro-Al Qaeda).

One thing I despise is the sort of person who has one strongly held belief, reverses it completely, and then has the temerity to tear into those who continue to hold the beliefs he once did -- without ever acknowledging, repudiating, or apologizing for his own prior support of those now-"sickening" beliefs.


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