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June 30, 2010

Slublog: Andrew Sullivan Vs. The Truth

Sullivan is outraged at Breitbart's offer to buy old emails from a 400 person list.

Slublog notes Sullivan had no problems pouring through Sarah Palin's hacked emails.

Or, of course, starring in Raiders of the Lost Uterus.

I'll also note that Sullivan was among the first to publicize Levi Johnson's claimed (absurd) recollection of stuff he'd overheard Palin saying in her own home.

Bonus! David Frum Defended By... David Brock, Charles Johnson, and Andrew Sullivan. Hawkins notes that gallons of irony spilled here but not a drop splashed upon these fine gentlemen.

David Frum did fire back, but honestly, just between you, me, and all the other people who will read this today, I initially wasn't planning to respond because it was well...very weak tea. It was like Frum wrote the response while he was really sleepy or something. So, what's the point of rehashing the same old argument, right?

However, something happened that turned me completely around on the idea of doing a post. Blogs started supporting Frum -- but, not just any blogs. Andrew Sullivan from the Daily Dish, Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs and David Brock's Media Matters all spoke up to defend David Frum.

Hey, wait a second. There's something about those three websites....Let's see, they're all liberal. They all hate anything and everything conservative. They all stick up for Frum -- which, and this is probably breaking some heretofore unknown corollary of Godwin's law, but for a "conservative" to be defended by all three of those websites is like a liberal being praised by Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Daniel Ortega. Gee, it's almost like there's something else. Oh, yeah -- didn't Andrew Sullivan, Charles Johnson, and David Brock all used to be on the Right before they flipped and started attacking everybody on their own side? Now, they're all defending David Frum who's making a name for himself by attacking people who are supposed to be on his side? Ah, that's probably just coincidence. Still, maybe it's just me, but isn't it a wee bit odd that all of these websites that spend their days ceaselessly venting their spleen at all things conservative, are all sticking up for David Frum? Weird, isn't it?

He notes that as they praise Frum, they attack conservatives like Erick Erickson, which tends to support Hawkins' belief that, um, Frum's not really a conservative.

One thing I found funny in Frum's lame post -- he claimed Hawkins' problem with Frum was the Frum engages in "too much self-criticism."

If only.

Frum rips into every other conservative. That's not self-criticism, Frum. That is in fact criticism, but it is, you know, outwardly directed.

By that standard I engage in too much "self-criticism" by riding Frum's ass.

"Self-criticism." If that doesn't give the game away. Because every movie, book, or play which savages the right is sold as being important for "questioning our own beliefs."

But they're not questioning "our own" beliefs. Such works question other people's beliefs, not the authors', and not the intended audiences' either. The beliefs being challenged reside safely outside the theater's walls, while the beliefs of everyone within the auditorium are nicely flattered and reaffirmed.

I can't take this extremely liberal habit of terming one's cheap attacks on others as some kind of brave and ruthless philosophical examination of one's own beliefs.

Has David Frum ever confessed a doubt over his own position on, say, gay marriage? No?

Then shut up with the "self-criticism" crap, idiot.

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