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November 06, 2006

Five O'Clock Flashback: Pre-Election/Fuck Andrew Sullivan Edition

In the Last Nerve Department, PBS had Sullivan on to make, and I shit you not, the "conservative case for voting Democratic." (Safe to click; it's Newsbusters.)

Today on Sullivan: "A vote for Republicans is a vote for torture." Actually, that's not a half-bad campaign slogan; but not in the way he means it.

And of course Sulllivan continues his attack on NRO as a bunch of hateful homophobes in a post called "Conservative Degeneracy Watch." And more attacks today.

Degeneracy. Well, by all means, let's keep this civil and thoughtful, like his important new book, Anyone Who Doesn't Celebrate Me In All My Messianic Fabulousness Is A Vicious Gay-Hater.

I think my jaw just about dropped the other day when I read him claiming the main problem with "Christianism" is the fact the seek political influence. In other words, the Church of St. Andrew now makes it a requirement of "true Christianity" that if you love Jesus, you either will not vote at all (political power corrupts the spirit!) or will vote against your political preferences (in order to insulate yourself from the corrupting temptations of political power).

Meanwhile, he claims to be both a "true conservative" and a "true Christian," and he doesn't seem to be withdrawing from the arena of political struggle himself. No, he wants only those Christians who disagree with him to be Good Christians by becoming non-voters.

If he could just subtract you all from the polls in one swoop, he'd finally be able to get a federally-issued Certificate of Going Steady for himself and his boyfriend.

That is arrogance beyond belief. To so nakedly and transparently suggest that Jesus cries when you vote in order to convince some (very dumb) Christians to give up their God-given right to have a say in their own government.

But beneath the arrogance is the pathos. The sadness, the sickenss, the emptiness of this thick shell of ego containing little else but overweening self-regard. It is pathetic to watch him beg for attention and approval, and then, his self-love unrequited, predictably lash out at all of those who have oppressed him by not loving him enough to do and think and write precisely what he demands of them.

You know the list. Instapundit, everyone at NRO, the "Caesarists" at Ace of Spades, you, etc.

It's this pathetic, passive-aggressive demand for love -- and proof of love -- followed by the bitter hatred that makes his blog what it is, the daily howlings and whimperings of a wounded animal.

His blog has always been absurdly hyperemotional in making its various appeals. Even when he was supposedly "on our side," his screeds were embarrassing in their appeals to pure emotion. Reagan could not merely be praised; no, he had to title his essay "A Mash-Note To Reagan" (i.e., a "crush-letter" or "love-letter"). His appeals on the Iraq war were over-the-top appeals to morality and abstract concepts of justice and "good," with only occasional mentions of the American national security interest thrown in for good measure.

Even then, I found myself wondering just what the hell people found so appealing about him. If people wanted nothing but appeals to emotion in order to vindicate some vague notion of "The Good," damn, they could get that from liberals easily enough, couldn't they?

I think that's why I long suspected him of being liberal -- because he thought and wrote, and, above all else, emoted like a liberal. Sure, he was, at that point, channeling all this crazy emotion and how-dare-you bullying for "our side," and yet, as is usually the case, someone's fundamental character will eventually out.

He couldn't stay in the liberal closet forever. As he's said, it's a soul-wrenching, degrading experience, filled with hypocrisy and lies.

So, since he likes retro vidoes, here's some for him, celebrating the five years of fun watching the lovely romance between Andrew Sullivan and himself, and the various failed affairs with Instapundit, NRO, and conservatives generally he's still bitterly bitching about.

I apologize for this one-- It's not the band I wanted, obviously. But YouTube doesn't have everything; the only clip of the orignal band playing this was a really bad video taken from a far-away row where you couldn't see anything.

This version is pretty good, though:

And of course, a special song about the "heart-ache" caused by President Bush:

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posted by Ace at 07:14 PM

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