Andrew Sullivan changes mind about first gay president,
now says it’s Obama (in 2010, he said it was Lincoln)
Since we are perhaps the leading gay conservative blog, I supposed we’re supposed to chime in on the latest Newsweek cover story, given its gay theme and that is written by a prominent gay ex-conservative (still billed by some as a conservative).
I hate to disappoint our readers. I have no intention of reading the cover story. There are only so many hours in the day. And, well, when it comes to Obama, Andrew Sullivan has become remarkably predictable.
Andrew once offered a fresh and unique insight into gay culture and American politics. Now he just offers the party line.
Indeed, so goofy is he for Obama that he accords him an honor he once bestowed upon Abraham Lincoln. In October 2010, he held that Abraham Lincoln was gay. And since Lincoln served roughly a century before Obama was born, that would make Obama the second gay president.
To call Obama a “gay president” is to ignore the first two years of his administration when he dragged his feet on repeal of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell (DADT) and neglected to push Congress to act on DOMA repeal or civil union recognition. A gay president would have made those issues a priority and would not have needed energetic left-of-center bloggers to spur him on. Eventually, he did do the right thing on DADT — but only after considerable pressure from those bloggers. He didn’t do much, if anything, to advance federal recognition of same-sex unions.
With that in mind, I have little interest in reading a piece by Andrew on Obama. He sees the president not as he is, but as he would like the Democrat to be.
And reading Andrew Sullivan today is like returning to a beloved restaurant only to learn that they have taken all your favorite dishes off the menu and replaced them with the fare served at a chain restaurant, say Arby’s.
At Ace of Spades, Maetenloch offers a somewhat snarky spin, contending that “at this point“:
. . . it’s well known that Newsweek columnist Andrew Sullivan is a single-issue writer. . . - everything revolves around gay marriage. And he will rearrange entire worldviews, logic systems, and even his own memories to always make it so that support for gay marriage is the ‘conservative’ choice.
Jennifer Rubin thinks the cover is a gift to Romney.
*And, no, I don’t think Abraham Lincoln was gay.
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