Let’s just say I really disliked my neighbor, or just someone who participated in public life. Now let’s say that neighbor or public figure suffers the misfortune of having a child with an extra chromosome. At that point, I could call it a day. No matter how much I hated that particular individual, I could consider them taken care. Game over, Nemesis has this one.
Regrettably, Andrew Sullivan can’t reach that threshold of basic decency. He just can’t be satisfied that Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin, will invest millions of dollars, cry thousands of tears and fight for the rest of her days to care for a child with special needs. Andrew Sullivan just has to smear another of Governor Palin’s children, just so he can make the family that much more miserable.
Like many of the worst and most despicable things to be found on the internet, it began with an evil dirt bag posting malicious and totally unfounded gossip on Daily Kos. The rumor read that Sarah Palin’s oldest daughter, Bristol, was the mother of Trig Palin, a child diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome.
At this point Andrew Sullivan conjured up gleeful visions of characters from the movie Deliverance playing a riff from the song “Dueling Banjoes” as they maundered away in a federally subsidized trailer park. You see he just had to ask questions. He has demanded that the Palins produce medical records to prove him wrong.
To understand the truly pathetic nature of Andrew Sullivan’s request, two things have to be understood about “Good Old Sully.” One, the man has trafficked in smears against John McCain before already. Google “Sullivan, McCain, Cross of Dirt Story.” Doing so reveals the factually challenged claim by Sullivan that McCain stole this anecdote from Solzhenitsyn’s book “Gulag Archipelago”.
Tossing aside the obvious fact that leftists of the Sully persuasion probably believe most Republicans think Solzhenitsyn is a-top shelf vodka that goes for $20 a shot, we have the fact that Solzhenitsyn didn’t actually write such a story in the novel. The question is put to FactCheck.Org. Here is the relevant write-up.
Q: Did McCain lift his cross-in-the-sand anecdote from Solzhenitsyn's "Gulag Archipelago"?
There's no such story in "Archipelago." There is a somewhat similar story attributed to Solzhenitsyn, which we've traced back to Rev. Billy Graham by way of former Richard Nixon aide Charles Colson. But that's not proof that McCain's story isn't true.
The second thing to consider about Sullivan is his “sourcing” for Andrew Sullivan’s blog post / slime dump. John Kass of the Chicago Tribune traces this pollution back to…you guessed it, The Daily Kos.
"Sarah Palin is NOT The Mother" cried one Daily Kos blogger who goes by a screen name ArcXIX. "Attention! Read The Follow-Up too! BabyGate: Explosive New Details.
"Now, I've known liars all my life," the blogger wrote. "Their single core problem is not with themselves, but those around them. If they're never called out on their twisting of truths and fabrications, they simply continue to make larger lies. Well Sarah, I'm calling you a liar and not even a good one. Trig Paxson Van Palin is not your son. He is your grandson. The sooner you come forward with this revelation to the public, the better."
Sullivan, I’m certain, counts all the blog hits with a certain twisted pride. They come to Andrew Sullivan to launder this sort of garbage. Sullivan blogs for The Atlantic. This magazine has a certain drawing-room cache amongst the deep-thinking elite.
When he prints some bucket of slop from Kos or Obsidian Wings, it becomes “news”. He does for the fever swamp hate-mongers what front-businesses and a church did for Nino Brown in the movie New Jack City.
Andrew Sullivan has become a smear-laundering outfit for the detestable dregs of the far-left blogosphere. Publically, at least, even Barack Obama is embarrassed by those of Sullivan’s despicable ilk. There are some things in life that are too disgusting to accept, no matter how much they offer a short-term benefit.
Andrew Sullivan has helped to define cheap and classless down. He drags The Atlantic through the dirt. If The Atlantic has any legitimate right to consider itself a valid source of news and information, Andrew Sullivan needs to be relieved of his duties in the same manner that Scott Thomas Beauchamp was relieved of his blog at The New Republic.
Cross-Posted:The Mighty TMR