Better to Be A Pessimist and Proved Wrong . . .

Responding to a rather harsh reader email criticizing him for a recent series of posts expressing his disappointment with President Obama, for whom he note only voted but wrote a whole series of pre-election mash notes, Andrew Sullivan responds,

I am not a cheer-leader and I don’t think Obama wants cheer-leaders. He wants and deserves criticism when merited.

Methinks Sully is setting himself up for more disappointment.

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  1. I don’t think that Sullivan is worth Obama’s time to throw under the bus.

  2. I’ve given up trying to figure the guy out.

    Yesterday he spent 3-4 blog posts saying that the birther arguments weren’t all that nutty and that Obama should release his birth certificate

  3. Eric Florack says:

    Nor I, John.

    And James… you think that reader was harsh? You clearly haven’t been watching the crossfeed comments from other bloggers. Mary Katharine Ham, for example.

    The note he’s whining about does expose one thing, though, that I’ve seen nobody comment on yet…. it’s what happens to the left’s version of ‘bipartisanship’ when someone other than the hard left gets a say.


  4. Ask Joe the Plumber how President Obama and the cult that surrounds him feel about criticism.

  5. Michael says:

    Ask Joe the Plumber how President Obama and the cult that surrounds him feel about criticism.

    Oh course! Ask Joe the Plumber! I almost forgot that he’s got all the answers. Maybe he should become a professor at the Sarah Palin University.

  6. odograph says:

    Versus the counterfactual? A reigning combination of President McCain and Vice President Palin? I don’t think so.

    (I do think McCain is a good man, but he really really should have been President in 2000. That was the right time for him and the right time for us.)

    My goodness, consider the counterfactual to Biden gaffes!

  7. odograph says:

    BTW, I think Obama is proving mostly boring and mostly competent. His biggest crimes at this point are misjudgements, and none of those burned bridges.