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When it's inconvenient for Andrew Sullivan
Over at the Los Angeles Times, Drudge flunky Andrew Dimbart takes another belated whack at the Gay Right's favorite whipping boy, Matthew Shepard. Says Andy, "A street in West Hollywood still stands in [Shepard's] name despite ABC News reporting the story false: He was killed by crazed meth addicts for drugs and money -- not because he was gay."

This proclamation is Sully Joe's cue to chime in. Dimbart's "right," says Sully, though he later qualifies that claim by sniffing a whiff of "homophobia" in the killing, "even if it was grotesquely distorted as a pure hate crime by the usual suspects."

Shepard's death was, Sullivan approvingly quotes, purely about drugs, although he adds that it was "not devoid" of homophobia.

This is what Sullivan had to say about Cheney's appalling anti-gay voting history and lack of support for his gay daughter's right to, among other things, raise a child
Cheney comes from Wyoming, the state where Matthew Shepard was murdered, and had to represent his constituents in the 1980s.

That piece was written in 2000. In it, Sullivan laid out a scathing indictment of homophobia in the Republican party and called on Cheney to repudiate it. He didn't. Sullivan eventually walked out on his party when it decided to use anti-gay initiatives to rally its base for the '04 election.

Apparently a negligible amount of homophobia is enough to turn an entire state whiffy when Andrew Sullivan's ox is being gored.

edit: the invaluable Orcinus explains
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greymalkini From: greymalkini Date: September 28th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC) (linkie thing)
Sully is so full of cognitive dissonance it makes MY head hurt.
gngrmyrsn From: gngrmyrsn Date: September 28th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC) (linkie thing)
I'm surprised Sully doesn't get moral whiplash every time he gets in bed with the gay haters on the Right. I can't even imagine what he thinks he's gaining by being a gay rightwingnut. Anyone with a an ounce of sense isn't a rightwingnut of any kind. In Sully's case, it's like the mouse snuggling up to the cat. No offense to either cats or mice.
jmhm From: jmhm Date: September 28th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC) (linkie thing)
I think he's convinced that none of the people he wants to like him really hate him because he's gay, they just think they hate him because they don't realize he's not like Those Gay People. This, of course, requires him to separate himself as publicly as he can from Those Gay People.

It's roughly the same affliction that's suffered by David Broder and Juan Williams, if in slightly different form.

Sadly, most of the people he would like to think are objecting to the excesses of bla bla bla think Those Gay People are in fact people who are gay.
From: hdsidhe Date: September 28th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC) (linkie thing)
Sounds about right. It actually sounds like a good explanation for a long list of GOP supporters who are not straight, white, rich men.

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