Thursday, May 14, 2009
Old Chinese Proverb: Man who gets overexcited in support of a candidate is likely to get excitably disappointed when candidate fails to live up to overexcited expectations. Andrew Sullivan moves on to the inevitable next stage in the cycle of his hyperbolic judgment . Instapundit rubs it in. ... P.S.: It's actually a powerful post , if characteristically overexcited. Why is Sullivan so annoyed? Haven't gay rights been making huge, startlingly rapid gains recently? Maybe Obama's just sitting back and letting it happen, worried that if he forces the issue the result will be a backlash. And it turns out Sullivan also has an acute personal motive for wanting to hurry things up:
Here we are, with marriage rights spreading through the country and world and a president who cannot bring himself even to acknowledge these breakthroughs in civil rights, and having no plan in any distant future to do anything about it at a federal level. Here I am, facing a looming deadline to be forced to leave my American husband for good, and relocate abroad because the HIV travel and immigration ban remains in force and I have slowly run out of options ... [E.A.]
Aha. ... Still, you'd think Obama could at least get away with protecting gay servicemembers with skills--like facility in Arabic --the country badly needs. ... 12:12 A.M.
Doomsday Reconsidered: Some entries from that Edwards timeline :
September 2007 – Anonymous tip comes into National Enquirer hot line saying Edwards was having an affair with Hunter. ...
Late November 2007 – National Enquirer discovers Rielle is living in Chapel Hill and having dinner with Andrew Young and his wife. Sources were saying Rielle was six months pregnant. ...
December 20, 2007 – National Enquirer editor-in-chief David Perel says source for Hunter-Edwards love child story was not a rival political campaign. Calls sources "extraordinarily good" and "beyond reproach."
Hmm. Who were the Enquirer' s sources? Was Perel's source perhaps "not a rival political campaign" because it was ... the Edwards campaign ? Maybe the much-disputed "Doomsday" plan not only existed, but was actually put into effect. ... 12:11 A.M.
When Hype Congeals: Los Angeles brands Mayor Villaraigosa a "failure." ... 12:09 A.M.