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Andrew Sullivan has long gushed over Arnold Schwarzengger as the greatest thing to happen to the Republican party since Abe Lincoln.  For example:

AHNULD: No, I haven't seen T-3, but I hope to. The political emergence of Schwarzenegger is a wonderful development, and not just for hacks like yours truly who love a good story. Arnold is an "eagle": he's tough on terror, open-minded on cultural issues, fiscally conservative. He's also a brilliant politician. How do I know? Just rent "Pumping Iron," the legendary bodybuilding documentary of the 1970s. It captures Shwarzenegger's extraordinary ease with people, his irony, his composure, his wit, his gift with strategy and his determination. If I'm not mistaken, it also shows him lighting up a big fat joint after one of the contests. If ever there was a moment for that type of Republican, this is it. Boomshock fills in the details. Arnold's my man.

Or, more succinctly:

Yay! A pro-gay, pro-choice, hard-ass Republican!

And that's just a piece of it.  Sullivan basically can't go a week without posting some adulatory essay about Schwarzenneger, who he holds up as the paradigm of the supposedly culturally liberal, tolerant Republican.

Which is why Sullivan is going to be CRUSHED, just absolutely CRUSHED, when he hears the news:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Wednesday he will veto a bill that would have made California the first state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage through legislative action.

Andrew Sullivan has no one to blame but himself.  He still hasn't learned that you if you get in bed with the Republican party, you wake up with James Dobson.

For once, Sullivan should listen to his long-time nemesis, Atrios, who says it exactly right:

Arnold proves that like the rest of the variations of the mythical moderate Republican, they only exist as a media fantasy.

Pro-choice and pro-gay Republican governors never actually do anything but pay lip service to the idea in order to obtain fawning profiles in the media in the states (New York, Mass, PA, NJ, California) where such beasts go over well. When it comes to actual policy, they're just as bad as the rest of the haters.


Same goes for Pataki. Same goes for Romney. Same goes for McCain. None of them can break the yoke of James Dobson & Co. and still remain in the Republican party.

This has got to be a rude awakening for Sullivan. I hope for his sake he's actually learned something this time.

Originally posted to pontificator on Wed Sep 07, 2005 at 10:23 PM PDT.

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  •  That is so freaking funny.. (4.00)
    "if you get in bed with the Republican party, you wake up with James Dobson."

    I almost peed myself reading that, it's so true!!!

    Oh lord, when will they learn??  

  •  What makes it extra crispy hypocrical... (4.00) Gov. S., by vetoing the bill, IS SENDING IT TO THE COURTS. Wait a minute! Don't the Repugs run screaming through the streets at the very THOUGHT of the courts legislating law!!!


    is sending the legislature's

  •  In time, the public will catch on... (4.00)
    They are already starting to.

    That's why Bush and his cronies use the divide and conquer base-building strategery.  He can't win otherwise.  Howard Fineman told me that.  And it makes sense.

    I love this diary.  It sums up well the falsity of the republican myth.

    In my heart, I believe that is why, right after an election year, many of Bush's war supporters turned on him and let slip their support for his war.  I suspect that deep down, a lot of them really know he makes moronic decisions.  But cognitive dissonance is a powerful drug.  So  is self-delusion.

    Let's hope the public keeps coming around.

    --Liberate your radio--

    by Sam Loomis on Wed Sep 07, 2005 at 10:29:47 PM PDT

  •  Renting Pumping Iron (none)
    I have this image of Sullivan fast forwarding to his favorite parts while placing an E Bay bid on Monica's blue dress to go with his Emelda Rice ferragamos....
  •  As a gay guy myself, let me say... (none)
    ...Andrew Sullivan is an idiot. Look in the dictionary under "fool"--and there's his over-the-shoulder photo portrait.

    I know several gay Repugs., and without exception, these are the same type of people (gay or straight) who keep sending you urban legends, no matter how many times you patiently email back and say "Ever hear of Snopes?"

    They believe anything. Or at least anything that fits a warped fairy tale "story line" type world view. What feels good to believe, works backward through their brains to create their own "factoids."

    Psychologically, they are fucktards. Though in Sullivan's case, I personally think he's kinda hot. (And dumb f#cks good, I hear.) I'd just like to tell him; Andy, stuff this in your stupid mouth and SHUT THE F#CK UP. But I'm probably getting a little inappropriate here.

    •  That (none)
      and Sullivan shallowly likes Ahnold because he is Andrew's "type."  How insulting to any vaguely intellectual gay, is that?  Of course A.S. once confessed to a lust for Cheney (dominating daddy figure) in his blog.  That one left me shaky from vomiting.  
  •  Sullivan? Learn? (4.00)
    Not likely.

    His single greatest characteristic is his seemingly endless credulity. He gets burned over and over and over again, but seems to think that somehow--this time!--things will work out right.

    Sorry, Sullivan. Not this time.

    The Shapeshifter's Blog -- Politics, Philosophy, and Madness!

    by Shapeshifter on Wed Sep 07, 2005 at 11:01:11 PM PDT

  •  Yeah, Sully blew his load on this one (none)
    But you should really read his posts of the past two weeks on

    He endorsed Kerry in 2004 and for the past two weeks he has been as critical of Bush as anyone on Daily Kos.  He has said that this has shown the total irresponsibility and reprehensibility of Bush and his administration and has also rightly pointed out that by seeing how inequipped we are for natural disasters, we're basically inviting al Qaeda to set off a WMD in the US.  He's also been front and center in calling for Michael Brown to go.

    I am an ILL State Assassin. Legalize Qualo. Those in or around Chicago - listen to Boers and Bernstein on 670 AM The Score 10AM-2PM. You'll be glad you did.

    by Larry Horse on Wed Sep 07, 2005 at 11:45:50 PM PDT

  •  Sully can't hear you! (none)
    Nope! Can't hear you! Fingers in ears! LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA!

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