July 13, 2005

It Happened One Blog-Post

Mickey Kaus, Monday:

Sullivan: HIV Made Me More Modest! Oh, wait. Sorry. What he actually wrote was:
HIV transformed my life, made me a better and braver writer ....
One for Peggy Noonan's collection.
That's rather unfair. As Ramesh Ponnuru points out, saying something made you better and braver is different from saying you're good and brave. Kaus seems to miss the distinction.

Andrew Sullivan, today:

ROVE-A-DOPE: I'd say it would be prudent for all journalists to be very careful in speculating about the Rove-Plame thingy. We don't know enough to know anything for sure. One of the first casualties of the impulse to jump to conclusions is Bob Kuttner. (I can't believe I beat Mickey to this. I guess he's been too busy covering the London massacres.)
It's surprising that Kaus wasn't right on top of a Kuttner story, but the implication of that parenthetical dig is also unfair. Kaus hasn't completely ignored London-- see his Sunday post on a possible "Bin Laden vs. Zawahiri doctrinal dispute." More to the point, Kaus doesn't run his blog in a way that you would necessarily expect him to cover the bombings. He's written:
I hate Topic-Aism, in part because it means people expect me to post something on the big story of the day even when I have nothing interesting to say about the big story of the day. ... Plus the "other things going on in the world" are the Topic As of tomorrow. ... Plus the pickin's are easier on Topics B-Z. ... Plus I get really sick of Topic A.
If life were a screwball comedy, this silly insult-trading would be a sure sign that Kaus and Sullivan will, by the end of the movie, realize that they are actually in love.

P.S.: Andrew Sullivan is in a happy monogamous relationship; the one time I met him I asked, "When are you going to settle down and get married?" (He has a home in Massachusetts.) He replied that he and his boyfriend have considered it. Mickey Kaus: Homewrecker!

P.P.S.: Which of the pair is the Claudette Colbert? You'd think it'd be the gay one, but I'm not so sure...

Posted by John Tabin at July 13, 2005 12:46 PM
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