Glenn Greenwald took on his comrade Andrew Sullivan today over the Dish-master’s effusive praise of our newly-converted Commander-in-Chief. Greenwald brings to the surface a striking statement made by Sullivan just a week ago chastising “some gays” for seeking “affirmation from one man,” calling it “a little sad.” It seems now, with tears in his eyes, Sullivan has reversed, and feels affirmation from his apparent “father-figure.” Greenwald attacks, among other things, Sullivan’s impulse toward countenacing paternalism:
The President is not Our Father; he’s a politician who, like all people wielding political power, is in great need of constant critical scrutiny and adversarial checks — from all citizens, but especially media figures. Relating to him as some kind of guiding paternalistic authority is, I’m sorry to say, really quite warped. But it’s far from uncommon, and that explains a lot.