So I clicked over to Sullivan’s new digs to see how he was reacting to criticism over his sparkle eyes for Paul Ryan and he had a post up of some criticism with his responses. This part of it made me laugh out loud:
The in-tray is still bulging with fury over Paul Ryan. I find the arguments bracing – and in themselves evidence that Ryan’s proposal has already helped move the debate to more earnest grounds.
This reminds me of that recent internet meme Pete Hoskstra created in 2009 when–during the brutal oppression of Iranians–he tweeted:
“Iranian twitter activity similar to what we did in House last year when Republicans were shut down in the House.”
It created a great and amusing meme and Sullivan’s comment about Paul Ryan’s “conversation starter” strikes me as something similar.
- John McCain’s arguments against DADT are bracing and evidence that he has moved the debate on LGBT rights to earnest grounds…
- Grover Norquist’s views on Government are bracing and evidence that he has moved the debate on tax policy to earnest grounds…
- Terry Jones burning a Koran was bracing and evidence that he has moved the debate on free speech and religious freedom to earnest grounds…
Sullivan’s pretty lame defense of the Ryan Bamboozlement is just as silly as the above applications of Sully’s logic. The mere fact that folks are talking about how deeply flawed Ryan’s scam is can not be viewed as evidence that it is ‘serious’ or ‘earnest’ or even useful. To pretend otherwise is just silly.
Once again Sullivan is lacing up his clown shoes–just as he did it for the Iraq war. This time he is all sparkle eyed over Ryan’s plan, and once again reality no longer matters. In time, the sparkles will fade from his eyes and he’ll know that Ryan played him for a sucker. But until then he’ll defend Ryan as ‘serious’ regardless of mountains of facts to the contrary. It has already become quite silly and we still have months of this bullshit to live through.