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March 31, 2004

You're Messing with Me, Right, Mr. Sullivan?

I don't believe that Andrew Sullivan has any real sense of this blog. He's surely come across its name, and mine, and he may have read a post or two over the years. Today, however, he's written something that almost seems a direct wink in my direction. What it means that this is most definitely not the case is actually a bit more saddening than the fact of my limited reach.

Toward the end of a post on March 1, I predicted that Sullivan would make the following "outrageous argument":

A lot of the initial gutsy moves required to kick off the War on Terror have already been made. Once in office, Kerry wouldn't pull back on that progress, and what we need now is a President who will refocus international cooperation toward the group effort of the more-subtle work that lays ahead

On March 19, I wondered whether he had already come close enough. Today, I'm glad that the judges never returned a ruling; Sullivan offers the "strongest argument" for Kerry:

we have already gained as much as we can for the time being with hard power and war; he won't pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan; he won't be able to duck a serious response to another terror attack; but he might help ease some of the hatred of the United States that this president has - undeservedly, in my view, but still undeniably - ratcheted to unseen levels.

Rationalization? I'd say so.

Posted by Justin Katz at March 31, 2004 1:48 PM

This is what KLo was talking about in The Corner, as well.

Posted by: Mike at March 31, 2004 8:51 PM

Oops, sorry, I just follwed the rationalization link...

Posted by: Mike at March 31, 2004 8:53 PM