I suppose it’s because I’m a gay conservative blogger and because Andrew Sullivan is a gay blogger who claims to be conservative that people expect me to blog on his latest indiscretion. I see that my co-blogger has already tapped into the topic.
I do understand that most bloggers who have addressed this have focused on the special treatment Sullivan received. Indeed, by juxtaposing the left-wing blogger’s remark on different standards of justice and the news item on the dismissal of the charges, my co-blogger shows that ex-conservative’s hypocrisy. Others have weighed in in a similar vein; blogger Dan Riehl (and others) points out that a federal “judge believes the dismissal raises equal protection issues.”
I confess that I can’t really get worked up over the issue. Maybe had he been peddling pot to teenagers or toking in front of an old folks’ home might there be an issue, but, well, since I believe marijuana should be decriminalized, I don’t have a problem with an angry blogger carrying around a bag of Mary Jane. Heck, it might even calm this easily excitable blogger.
It’s a freedom issue. Yeah, it does show Sullivan’s hypocrisy, but, well, since I don’t think people should be prosecuted for possessing or smoking weed, it follows that I don’t have a problem if a left-winger gets off for possessing the stuff in the public.
There are many issues for which one can—and should–fault Andrew Sullivan. This isn’t one of them.
It’s not his pot-smoking that’s the problem; it’s his hypocrisy (you know, like calling himself a conservative while talking like a left-winger). Oh, yeah, it’s his excitability too–and his hare-brained notions.