A word of advice for Andrew Sullivan on “going silent”

Posted by: ST on November 18, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Oh dear, dear, dear, dear. The release of Sarah Palin’s book Going Rogue has compelled her virtual stalker Andrew Sullivan – a favorite columnist, I should note, of the WH’s – to have his blog “go silent” for only the second time in ten years (via Villainous Company):

This is only the second time in its nearly ten-year history that the Dish has gone silent. The reason now is the same as the reason then. When dealing with a delusional fantasist like Sarah Palin, it takes time to absorb and make sense of the various competing narratives that she tells about her life. There are so many fabrications and delusions in the book, mixed in with facts, that just making sense of it – and comparing it with objective reality as we know it, and the subjective reality she has previously provided – is a bewildering task. She is a deeply disturbed person which makes this work of fiction and fact all the more challenging to read. And the fact that she is now the leader of the Republican party and a potential presidential candidate, makes this process of deconstruction an important civil responsibility. We take this seriously as we always have. We want to be fair to her, and to her family, and to the innocent people she has brought into the spotlight. And we are not reporters. We are merely analysts trying to make sense of evidence already in the public domain, evidence that points in all sorts of directions, only one of which can be true.

Since the Dish has tried to be rigorous and careful in analyzing Palin’s unhinged grip on reality from the very beginning – specifically her fantastic story of her fifth pregnancy – we feel it’s vital that we grapple with this new data as fairly and as rigorously as possible. That takes time to get right. And it is so complicated we simply cannot focus on anything else.

There are only three of us.

And one really bigly book to read between the three of them. Let’s hope they at least finish the book before the write their respective earthshattering “reviews” – they’ll then at least be a leg up on Ana Marie Cox.

It feels like Christmas in December. First the release of Going Rogue. Now Andrew Sullivan’s announcement about Going Silent.

My advice for Sully? “Go silent” more often. Lots more. Not that I normally would advocate telling someone to “shut up” whenever they feel like speaking their (however ill-informed) opinions, but really – the guy does himself no favors anymore everytime he pens an opinion piece or publishes a blog post. Don’t believe me? Read my archives, and Patterico’s, for how low Sullivan has sank – and how highly hypocritical he’s become – since he turned on Bush over the gay marriage amendment issue several years ago.

Note to Sarah Palin: Next time you write a book, make it a series of 12 – and release them all at once. I figure it would take Sully at least 6 months, along with his team of two, to go through it all. That would mean the blogosphere would be Sully-free for six months.

Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?

Related: Make sure to tune in to Hannity tonight. He interviewed Sarah Palin and the entire hour will be the broadcast of that interview. According to Hannity, they covered a broad range of issues both domestic and foreign. Can’t wait :)

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  1. Gina says:

    A series of 12? We’d never hear from him again. :d

  2. michiganruth says:

    why is he still harping on “the fifth pregnancy”? does he not hear himself? sheesh…talk about birthers.

  3. Brian says:

    Sara Palin’s book caused Andrew Sullivan to go silent? Sounds like a “win” to me!

  4. Anthony says:

    There are so many fabrications and delusions in the book, mixed in with facts, that just making sense of it – and comparing it with objective reality as we know it, and the subjective reality she has previously provided – is a bewildering task.

    Wait, is Sully talking about Sarah Palin or himself? ;)

  5. I don’t have to be a fan of Sarah Palin to think that Andrew Sullivan’s obsession with her personal and family life is bizarre. And ultimately boring.

    Sully — judge Sarah Palin on the policies she advocates, the politicians she allies herself with, the public statements she makes, where the money she raises comes from, and how she spends it. In other words, judge her based on her political actions, the way you would judge any other politician.

  6. TL, he doesn’t know how to do that. If he did, he’d lose half his readership who flock to his blog like wolves do to a carcass.

  7. CZ says:

    Don’t be fooled. The old bear is simply using this as an excuse to run off to Fire island for an extended fling with Perez Hilton for a little piece and quiet..

  8. Pasadena Phil says:

    “She [Palin] is a deeply disturbed person”

    Huh?

    I will never understand the hatred this woman inspires in the unhinged left. Completely irrational. What exactly has Sarah done to make these people so crazy? Who are they expecting to influence with their childish outrage? I have never gotten a clear answer from those who hate her. They just hate her and there is no point trying to explain it to people like me who are too stupid and blind to see the obvious. THAT is insanity.

    You can choose to agree or disagree with her, but who can possibly argue that Sarah is anything but a very likable person?

  9. Full confession; back in 2002-3 I thought Sullivan was the cat’s meow. I read his Daily Dish religiously.

    Then sometime in late 2003 he slowly lost his mind. Poor man, he’s still searching for it.

  10. Tom, I read him then, too – he was one of my inspirations to start a blog.

  11. Anthony says:

    The old bear is simply using this as an excuse to run off to Fire island for an extended fling with Perez Hilton for a little piece and quiet..

    That is a mental image I did not need… :-&

  12. K Reinke says:

    Palin coverage was – and is – a stalking horse for the Media. She is a test of just how vulgarly sexist a storyline can go before 52% of the population rises in protest. From all observed results – the coverage and plunge pretty deeply.

    Don’t expect the new ‘standards’ to be limited to SP. Once the line has been set, the treatment of Democrat and progressive women pols will be no kinder.