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October 03, 2006

Welcoming the Converts
Posted by Shadi Hamid

Is it just me or is the Andrew Sullivan the most intellectually honest blogger/writer out there today? In a recent post, he flirts with the possibility of switching sides:

Well, we've had Reagan Democrats. And we've had Goldwater Republicans. Why not a new version: Goldwater Democrats? By Goldwater Democrats, I mean old-style libertarian conservatives who actually believe in fiscal responsibility, small government, prudent foreign policy and live-and-let-live social policy. After being told we are completely unwelcome among Republicans, should we shift to the Dems?

I have never thought of myself as a Democrat or left-liberal in any way. And there are plenty of people among Democrats I do not agree with at all. But it's getting to the point that the illiberal, authoritarian big government Christianism of the GOP makes me completely supportive of backing the Democrats this time around. My one reservation is, of course, spending. But at this point, could they be worse than the GOP? No Congress has been worse on spending than the current crew since FDR! The war? Again, at this point, we desperately need some check on an administration utterly without prudence or a capacity for self-correction.

If Andrew Sullivan and others like him would like to join the Democratic Party, then I say welcome. Not only that, I think the Democrats will be stronger for it. Apparently, Markos Moulitsas - another former Republican - is doing some outreach, taking names, and looking for converts in an article for Cato Unbound, titled "The Case for the Libertarian Democrat." So, Sullivan continues, taking his post to an interesting and perhaps inevitable conclusion:

And so I find myself in a very uneasy alliance with Markos Moulitsas, who writes the lead essay in the libertarian magazine Cato Unbound. Strange bedfellows. But these are strange times.


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Sorry, but I don't really see what this has to do with anything. It suggests that he's formulating is opinions so as to "fit" within some partisan label. Maybe he should just grow up.

Is it just me or is the Andrew Sullivan the most intellectually honest blogger/writer out there today?

I think it's just you Shadi. Sullivan's been wrong about almost everything the past 6 years, and he is about to be wrong on Iran:

Ahmadinejad is calling upon God to bring about the coming of the Twelfth Imam ("the perfect human being promised to all by you"), who heralds the Apocalypse. He is also saying that he will "strive for his return." It is the most terrifying statement any president of any nation has made to the U.N. We have a dictator on the brink of nukes, striving to accelerate the Apocalypse. Think of the Iranian regime as a nation-as-suicide-bomber.

Of course, Ahmadinejad -- vile as he is -- is not a dictator, does not rule Iran, and his country is 5 to 10 years away from nukes, according to our intelligence.

I'm all for welcoming every voter we can get -- even the fools. But let's not pretend they possess great intellectual courage because they came to the right decision 6 years too late.

Is it just me or is the Andrew Sullivan the most intellectually honest blogger/writer out there today?

Whatever you're drinking - stop. Sullivan has been irrationally wrong many many times over the last 4 years. He's still wetting the bed in fear of terrorists. He still wants to privatize Social Security. The guy is an absolute ass who is right about 20% of the time.

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