I am handicapped as I work on a post on the increasingly banality and self-absorption of Andrew Sullivan’s ramblings writings on gay marriage (based, in large part, on this article).Â Back when I used to read Andrew’s blog regularly (before he moved to Time and then to his current berthÂ at the Atlantic),Â he had his own freestanding web-site, AndrewSullivan.com.Â But, his archives from that domain name are long gone.
Odd that.Â I recall reading there Andrew’s praise of blogging (or was it the internet in general) because one’s archives were easily accessible so a reader could check a blogger’s past writings to see how well his predictions held up or if he really said what he claimed he said or maybe it was something else. Â Something about being accountable for what one call. Â I can’t really confirm that comment or report it with much accuracy because, well, I can’t access his blogging archives.
Nor can I check his past posts on gay marriage because they’ve gone down the memory hole.Â I recall him saying some pretty powerful things about marriage and social stability.Â And making clear that he believed monogamy was an essential aspect of marriage, indeed, had to correct Bill Bennett for accusing him of saying otherwise.
Maybe those are just my recollections.Â Maybe he didn’t say those things and I just extrapolated them from other things he had written, but I won’t know because, well, I can’t check his archives.
Perhaps, Andrew doesn’t want his new fans on the angry left to learn about some of the sensible things he once said — and the even-handed criticism he once offered of the president.
UPDATE: Â One reader and one commenter alerted me to this site which allows us to access disappeared sites. But, after playing around with it for some time, found no easy way to search it. You have to go through day by day. That can be time-consuming and tiresome.
All that said, I did do some searches today which helped me find enough background information for my post and hope to get to work on that as soon as this evening.