Sullivan and the Beast

We don’t traffic in gossip and conspiracy theories here at Ricochet, but I can’t be the only one who’s wondering why, exactly, Andrew Sullivan is packing up and moving to the Daily Beast. In honor of Andrew, I’m waiving the rules on gossip and conspiracy theories, just for this thread. If he takes exception, all he has to do to put the persistent rumors we’re about to start to rest is provide documentary evidence that we’re wrong. Can’t be fairer than that, can you?

  1. Robert Dammers

    Remind me never to cross you, Claire.  I did buy TINA in the end, honest!

  2. Kennedy Smith

     We don’t?  Dagnabbit, why am I here?  Feeling very Admiral STockdale right about now.

  3. Bjarni Olafsson

    Tina: “A rarity, he is willing to admit mistakes and change positions (sometimes radically) in the face of new evidence.” Absolutely brilliant. I wonder how she would describe Charles Johnson.

    As for conspiracy theories: The Rand Corporation, in conjunction with the saucer people, under the supervision of the reverse vampires, are forcing [Andrew Sullivan] to go to [The Daily Beast] in a fiendish plot to eliminate the meal of dinner.

    We’re through the looking glass, here, people…

  4. Kenneth

    How is it that a person of so little actual accomplishment attracts such attention?

  5. Cas Balicki

    The Daily Beast offered an obstetrics & gynecology residency.

  6. Kennedy Smith

     Bjarni, we do not mock Charles Johnson on this site.  Certainly not in a Claire thread (no matter how wide she leaves the door).  That’ll get you booted into the Outer Darkness, where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth.

  7. Bjarni Olafsson

    I stand humbled and chastised.

  8. Deleted Account

     Like the saying goes, this should significantly raise the average IQ of both publications…..

  9. sdb

    I’m sure the Koch brothers had something to do with this.

  10. flownover

    The metaphors in Sullivan’s life provide fodder for some of the snarkiest material ever. Fish in a barrel. Used to read him religiously, he is very erudite but became crazier and crazier as time went on and I imagine there were many like me who just couldn’t continue. Maybe when he started in on Jonah….that could have been the point of departure.

    I’ll pass on the opportunity to make fun of someone who is smarter, more depraved, and vastly better educated. 

  11. Claire Berlinski
    C

    Am I the only one who demands to see the beagles’ birth certificates? 

  12. Mel Foil
    Kennedy Smith:  Bjarni, we do not mock Charles Johnson on this site.  Certainly not in a Claire thread (no matter how wide she leaves the door).  That’ll get you booted into the Outer Darkness, where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth. · Feb 28 at 6:42am

    Which Charles Johnson are we talking about here? LGF?

  13. Sisyphus

    The man cannot hold down a job to save his life. I did not make it as far as the Jonah stuff. He is the NASCAR of the columnist schtick, they watch to see who he is going to try to bump into the wall next. No yellow flags recognized there.

  14. Bjarni Olafsson

    I was talking about the Green Football as I know of no other Charles Johnson.

  15. Nick Stuart

    They promised him the results of Trig Palin’s DNA tests.

  16. Sisyphus

    They promised him he could perform Trig Palin’s DNA tests.

  17. Mel Foil
    Bjarni Olafsson: I was talking about the Green Football as I know of no other Charles Johnson. · Feb 28 at 7:44am

    Mock away…as far as I’m concerned.

  18. Chazzy Star

    Whoa, weird, Sisyphus and Nick……

  19. Sisyphus

    Just a few little things the Sullivan could clear up if he doesn’t mind:

    • Is it true he is the love child of Tina Fey and Tina Brown?

    • Is it true he is bearing the love child of Tina Fey and Tina Brown?
    • Is it true he has human ancestry? Strict proofs required.
    • How much did he pay Squeaky Fromme?
    • How much did he pay Sara Jane Moore?
    • Why did he instruct Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators to hide their identities from Western media?
    • Who bankrolled his 9/11 conspiracies?
    • Why did he come between Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing?
    • Is it true he is bearing Charlie Sheen’s love child?
    • Is it true Charle Sheen is bearing his love child? Remember, strict evidence, hormone levels, all that stuff. (I told Charlie to stay away from that stuff, but Rob told him he could handle it.)
    • Are those his real teeth?
    • If he was rocketed here from another planet, how can he be carrying Nancy Pelosi’s love child?
    • Is it true he is about to leave the Daily Beast for the View?
    • Is it true he is bearing a Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg love child?

    All unanswered charges are true.

  20. Stuart Creque

    So Sullivan is leaving The Atlantic and going to The Daily Beast? That move will raise the average level of sanity in both places.