Here is the “kind of a birther” portion of Sullivan’s public persona. Here–apparently–is the “kind of not” portion. It’s hard to see what the point is in posting this nonsense, or even giving the birthers the time of day, but when one thinks about it for a while, the issue becomes clear, and it has nothing to do with whether Barack Obama was born a citizen of the United States.
As I have written before, Sullivan’s political identity is defined by spates of political fandom for one figure or another, followed by deep, prolonged, and lasting disillusionment with that same figure. Then, we lather, rinse, and repeat: Sullivan finds a new Messiah, revisits his role as John the Baptist, and then eventually, the scales fall from his eyes again, and he proclaims his erstwhile political savior a fraud. This is precisely what happened in Sullivan’s punditry relationship with Bill Clinton, and with George W. Bush.
It’s now happening with Barack Obama as well, it seems. Sullivan appears to be disillusioned with The One.
I don’t know whether that counts as a good or a bad thing in the White House. But surely, it is worth noting and commenting on. The major upside to this story is that at long last, Trig Palin might find a little peace and quiet.
(Sullivan link via Moe Lane.)