I read blogs for nearly two years before I started blogging in 2004, and Andrew Sullivan used to be one of my daily reads.
Unfortunately, Andrew’s gone off the deep end and I stopped reading his blog – except rarely – once he started railing against “Christianism”. I find the term “Christianism” repugnant, and its connotations of moral equivalence with Islamists.
That said, Andrew has recently been obsessing about McCain’s cross in the dirt, claiming that McCain plagiarized the story from Solzhenitsyn. Obviously, Andrew can not imagine that two people can share a silent moment of faith, something that occurs daily in people’s lives, whether they are in extremely horrible circumstances in concentration camps, or simply living their ordinary lives in the suburbs. If Andrew had watched the 1951 movie Quo Vadis or any of the Roman sagas of that time he’d be saying that Solzhenitsyn imitated Hollywood.
Betsy expects that
the McCain people must be ecstatic to have any more focus on his painful POW experiences.
What makes Andrew’s obsession with McCain’s story downright odd is that the McCain campaign’s Christmas ad mentioned it months ago. It’s nothing new. Here’s the video:
I’m not sure why Andrew’s obsessed with this particular item. It speaks a lot more about him and his own doubts than what it says about McCain.
Because of that, I’m not linking to his posts.
Dan points out that,
What is quite well known beyond ANY shadow of a doubt is that Senator John McCain spent five years in captivity for serving his country during which time he was brutalized to such a severe extent that he still carries the scars and handicap from that captivity.
What is also well known beyond any shadow of a doubt is that Senator Barack Obama had some form of long-standing tie to an unrepentant domestic terrorist – but we can’t know the extent of those ties because the Richard J. Daley Library of the University of Illinois at Chicago is blocking access to the records of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.
And all Andrew Sullivan and a significant number of new media members on the Left care about is whether or not a North Vietnamese prison guard drew a cross in the sand with a stick some 40 years ago?
Fer cryin’ out loud, Andrew, put it to rest.