January 29th, 2015
I don’t have any interesting thoughts about Andrew Sullivan leaving his blog, but Galley Friend X emailed in with some:
His “retirement” will spark no shortage of ponderous reflection on the end of blogging—it’s already starting—but isn’t there a much more obvious force driving this?
We’re in the last two years of the Obama Administration, and so of course a number of its journalistic proponents are exhausted. TNR has collapsed, the American Prospect is collapsing, and now Sully’s quitting too. All of them were well energized (and well supported) when they were the loud opponents of a Republican administration. But after six years of a Democratic president, they’ve all lost their mojo. I don’t blame Sully for quitting now—if I were him, I wouldn’t want to spend the next two years defending Obama and promoting Hillary, either.
When this happened eight years ago, it sparked all sorts of discussion (on the Left) of whether conservatives were intellectually “exhausted.” But this time around, when it’s liberal journalists and intellectuals who are exhausted, they’ll turn it into a process story.
In any event, I suspect that Sully’s “retirement” from blogging won’t last more than six months into a Republican presidential administration. Hell, if the polls are close after the Republican convention, Sully’s blog will probably reappear, magically, on a major media website.
He’ll dump his staff that he can’t afford, take a month-long vacation, then try Bloomberg and others if he hasn’t already.
This post MUST include the famous Instapundit/Ana Marie (luvs) Cox/Sullivan photo from the blogging convention way back when. The good times never last!
Liberal journalism seems to be going strong to me.
He does know, right, that “sully” is already a word & not a positive one… I would be speechless if someone said it dates to his schoolboy days with his Bawston homies on Yawkey Way
[…] week. And somewhat related to all of the above, there’s an understandable level of exhaustion among several of the left’s key components after having to defend the Obama administration’s insanities over the past six years (seven […]
I like to live in a world where Sully realizes how fascistic his revolution has become, and is more into the self-loathing phase where he hates what he’s unleashed, necessary as he felt it was.
Considering he’s spent the last year or so normally fighting the illiberal liberals, it makes sense.
I think Sully’s finally realized he had helped create a frankenstein, in Progressivism v2.0, and it was time to run from the castle, before it came for him.