Charles Krauthammer rips Andrew Sullivan to ribbons for a post Sullivan wrote misrepresenting Krauthammer’s position on a gas tax (Krauthammer has been in favor of one for decades), and implying that Krauthammer had changed his position in order to get to the right of Barack Obama on the issue. To his credit, Sullivan apologized for the mistake, but really, he ought to know that there are a great many complaints that one can have about his writing. Misrepresenting Charles Krauthammer–even if inadvertently–is just one of a great many punditry sins Sullivan has committed. His blog, once scintillating, has devolved into an online diary of his various obsessions; nowadays, the Daily Dish seems most obsessed with whether Sarah Palin is the mother of Trig, and how Barack Obama can be glorified in ways exciting and new.
Needless to say, Sullivan is entitled to his obsessions, and to write about them however he wishes. He will, I suppose, always have an audience. But he marginalizes himself on a daily basis with hackwork. When will he apologize to the Atlantic for having marginalized it in the process? As Krauthammer writes, “Sullivan’s post merits reading as the quintessential Sullivan, leaping from nonexistent fact to blanket ad hominem without even a pause for a reality check.” Thus the post, thus the blog, and thus the blogger.