But almost before the ink was dry on the article, Sarah Palin lashed out -- but not against any of the content. Instead, Palin Tweeted a not-completely-unjustified attack on Sullivan's character, while questioning Newsweek's smarts in giving Sullivan top billing:
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Naturally, Andrew Sullivan wasted little time in responding:
I have no idea, as I have said time and time again, whether Sarah Palin gave birth to Trig, and have never written such a thing. All I ever asked for a person who could become president was some basic evidence for her insane story, like medical records that most candidates have no problem providing. She never provided any, and preferred to withdraw from seeking public office rather than do so. Of course, no response to the substance. She doesn't do substance. Neither, it seems, does much of the rightwing blogosphere.
There was more to this. Newsbusters reveals that during an ensuing online chat on January 17th, Sullivan told participants that he had an orgasm when he saw Palin's tweet. Sullivan wrote "No. Palin's tweet made me come in my pants. I write what I think is true. I don't give a damn about 'reputation'. If I'm wrong I correct or re-think. Once a writer worries about these things, he's like an actor watching the audience. In my opinion, far too many journalists worry about their reputation".
Of course, Sullivan continues to hold to his lunatic theory that Sarah Palin is not the mother of Trig Palin without providing any supporting evidence. He seems to believe that the onus is strictly upon Palin to prove she's the mother of her child. Yet he never imposed that same standard upon any other Presidential hopeful or public figure -- he never asked Michelle Bachmann to prove she's the mother of her children. Because Palin's pregnancy with Trig did not conveniently fit into any of his narrow, preconceived notions on how a pregnancy is supposed to work, he suddenly decided she faked her maternity.
But then again, what would a homosexual know about women?
Fortunately, there has been more substantive critiques about Sullivan's article published. On Big Government, Joe Pollak peels Sullivan's analysis back like a banana. He says Sullivan offers no proof that Obama's $862 billion stimulus turned the economy around other than a post hoc, ergo propter hoc fallacy familiar from basic economics. He claims that Obama's auto bailout pushed aside property rights and subsidized failed green cars, rather than allowing car makers to rebuild through normal bankruptcy. He notes that Sullivan ignores the numerous new taxes and tax increases that Obama signed into law -– from higher cigarette taxes to the many ObamaCare taxes -– as well as the glaring fact that Obama has been campaigning for the past several years on the promise to raise taxes on the rich, and would have done so if not for Congress.
Pollak concludes by writing that one would have to be stupid, fanatical, and dishonest to argue -— as Trig Truther Sullivan does -— that Barack Obama's failures are part of any ingenious "long game" that is destined to succeed. He says that what's in front of Sullivan’s nose is Obama’s incompetence. He has coasted on the military success of his Republican predecessor, and is taking credit for moderate economic progress enabled by a Republican Congress that has held taxes, regulation, and spending in check. If he wins in 2012, Obama will again have Republicans to thank.
Fox News' Megyn Kelly also criticized Sullivan's piece, although the bulk of her criticism was personal. But by continuing to question Trig Palin's maternity, Sullivan marginalizes himself and invites personal criticism rather than principled debate. How can one take someone seriously when he wallows in conspiracy theories? Sullivan deserves the criticism.