Here’s Sullivan’s pathetic defense of Pat Buchanan:
There is so much I disagree with Pat Buchanan on – from World War II to marriage equality to immigration to my love of a multi-racial and multi-cultural society – that I could write a book in it. But let me say something in his defense: however repellent some of his views, he is intellectually honest. Yes, publicly bigoted, sometimes outrageous, a flame-thrower, a reactionary who flirted at times with what only can be called neo-fascism.
With friends like that… But, wait, this is Sullivan. You just know it can’t end there, can it? Of course not, let’s zero in on the real villains:
The idea that he was not the target of much subterranean leftist outrage and pressure to fire him, as my colleague Howie Kurtz reports, seems highly unlikely to me. Yes, as Howie rightly reports, Buchanan’s latest inflammatory book was the casus belli. But Phil Griffin’s views of the book and an underground campaign to fire him from the professional left are not mutually exclusive explanations. I believe Pat on this. The pressure on MSNBC management to get rid of this fly in their propagandistic ointment must have been intense – and came in part from two of the more pernicious liberal interest groups in DC, the Gay Human Rights Campaign and the ADL.
Maybe, just maybe, Andrew, people protested him not because they are just mean-spirited haters out for a scalp or to “get rid of this fly in their propagandistic ointment” (WTF DOES THAT MEAN?), but they protested him because he was, and I quote, “publicly bigoted” and a “reactionary who flirted at times with what only can be called neo-fascism.” I understand you liked Uncle Pat, and I admit to thinking he produced good tv (in the sense that you never knew what kind of shit he would say), but if you think the world needs these kinds of ideas discussed and promoted, why hell- use your platform. You have a webcam. I bet David Duke and Randall Terry and all sorts of Stormfront and Klan leaders would love the exposure. There are a ton of intellectually honest bigots out there. Hell, you could have Santorum on.
Bring ’em on, and enlighten us with your bizarre festival of ideas. You could even have Charles Murray on to provide them some statistics.