Four days after I said that Andrew Sullivan’s twisting of the Vice President’s acceptance of his openly gay daughter into a vision of Karl Rove and his minions launching attack ads against a Democratic candidate favorably disposed to a gay child showed how eager Andrew was to “to use any news, even that favorable (on gay issues) to the President (or Vice President), to attack the president and his advisors,” he seems to have shifted his tone. In his latest column for London’s Sunday Times, the level-headed Andrew whose columns (& posts) I once enjoyed, emerges once again.
In this piece, he notes both Mary’s good relationship with her father and the Vice President’s stance on the FMA: “by all accounts, extremely close. For good measure Mary ran her father’s re-election campaign; and he was allowed to distance himself from the constitutional amendment in the campaign.” Andrew also acknowledges the president’s “personal tolerance” for gay people, even providing an anecdote to prove his point.
Perhaps my sharp criticism helped remind Andrew how far he had strayed from his rational roots. His column indicates that I was wrong to suggest that “since 02/24/04, Andrew seems only able to see the dark side of this Administration.” For in it, he, as we have long done, recognizes the president’s mixed record on gay issues. A clear departure from his initial post — and his recent rhetoric.
While I take issue with some of Andrew’s points in his latest column, I appreciate his tone and his acknowledgment that the president is not the anti-gay demon of left-wing imagination. Now if only Andrew would adopt the same level-headed tone in his blog, I might start reading it regularly once again.
Kudos, Andrew. Good column.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com
* I had considered re-titling this post “One Cheer for Andrew Sullivan” so that the title would be similar to the post
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UPDATE: Over at Lifelike Pundits, Aaron takes issue with Andrew’s latest Time column, observing that Andrew “wants to talk about ‘his truth’ as defined by his feelings and politics.” Read the whole thing to see that Andrew has not entirely returned to his rational roots.