, Andrew Sullivan (lifetime winner of far and away the greatest number of Claude Rains Memorial Gambling Awareness Awards ever awarded), thinks Steve Gilliard is a racist
At first I thought, hell no, because Steve and I have had some perfectly pleasant conversations, and he and Jenn have been guests in my home (coming from someone who is of both irish and italian descent, that's a fairly serious statement, because we're pretty particular about who we invite to meet our families) and he's been wonderful with my daughter, who is a freckle-faced redhead (I swear I owe that man hours and hours of sleep for convincing that child to make her own breakfast. She even makes mine sometimes)
I discover, however, that Mr. Sullivan actually believes that Steve harbors racist feelings against individuals of african descent, specifically because he disapproves of Mr. Steele, the Lieutenant Governor of Maryland (and a star amongst that terribly elite group, Republicans of african descent)
So now I'm torn, because I know of at least one incident of outreach
from Mr. Steele's campaign to the african-american community in Baltimore
And certainly I know how much the southern strategy has weighed on Mr Sullivan, insofar as he had no qualms about wholeheartedly supporting Republicans right down the line until they discriminated against a group he belongs to.
So I guess this is one of those things where you have to go with the preponderance of the evidence, and I would say that the outcome of that form of analysis is that Andrew Sullivan can kiss my ass.