Many on the left will deplore my saying so, but I happen to find Sullivan's excitability lovable--even, at times, enviable. We all--including the demigod Obama--have our character flaws: Sullivan's is, as noted, the all-too impulsive punch; mine, were I honest with myself, is a too-jaded sophistication of an often feigned indifference. I envy innocence. At my age I can't alter my flaw any more than Sullivan can alter his, though I'm compelled to confess, his is probably the more attractive.
But this sentence from Sullivan, today, is incontrovertible:
I cannot imagine a pro-Romney blog doing what I just did to Obama.
I do disagree with Sullivan's strategic choice of a ruthless assault on Obama's debate failures just 30 days before what is perhaps the most critical election of our lifetimes. Yes, absolutely, I get all that intellectual objectivity stuff and the lone voice and wilderness thing; however, there is a time for courageous independence and there's a time for strategic unity--period. Some principles derived from my old Marxist days I just can't shake. Sorry (or not). I should add, though, that many among contemporary conservatism's synthetic origins were former Marxists themselves, who well understood the indispensability of hanging together. They did. And they won.
Whatever. Sullivan concludes on an inspirational note:
I haven't given up. I've just been given an electric prod to get back into the arena. And fight back.
And one can't ask for more than that. What's done is done. Forward.