Beginning to acknowledge at last what so many of us have known for a long time about Hope and Change, Andrew Sullivan has possibly begun the process of backing away from Barack Obama. As I have written many times before, this kind of maneuver is old hat for Sullivan. He has pulled the same love-’em-then-leave-’em nonsense with Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, and now, he might well be searching for the next bandwagon to clamber onto.
But that doesn’t make his quasi-kinda-sorta-almost-abandonment of President Obama any less notable an event. I have criticized Sullivan for a great many things, but credit where it is due; he has an excellent sense of timing when it comes to determining whether a particular fad is still in vogue, and determining whether that particular fad has finally reached a point when it is no longer fashionable. He uses that unique gift to determine which political leaders he will support through his blogging. The moment a certain political leader falls out of fashion and out of favor, Sullivan turns on that leader, and seeks out another to latch onto.
Perhaps circumstances will cause Sullivan to re-attach himself to Barack Obama’s political fortunes. But his critiques of the Obama Administration have suddenly become somewhat more pronounced in recent times. An abandonment of President Obama does not mean much in judging Sullivan’s place on the political spectrum; his guiding political principle is to keep the Daily Dish on what he believes to be the cutting edge, and his motto is “There go the people. I must follow them, for I am their leader.” But it may well mean a great deal in judging whether Barack Obama is still seen as a political breath of fresh air, or whether he is seen as yesterday’s news.