Andrew Sullivan Chops It Up

We may have glossed over New York Magazine‘s review of Andrew Sullivan’s new book, but this interview from Salon is something we can really can’t ignore.

Sitting down with Alex Koppelman, Sullivan continues to sell himself, his views, and – of course – his new book, The Conservative Soul: How We Lost It, How to Get It Back.

While he touches on the War in Iraq and attempts once again to justify his stance, what really intrigues us are his comments on the Foley scandal. When asked how the scandal will change the Republican party, Sullivan waxes philosophical on the ways in which the closet can no longer function within the party and laments the loss of the Log Cabin Republicans’ once-spirited alliance with the party, saying:

It’s a horrible end, really, to this attempt to make it work — and maybe the future will lead to better things — but right now I don’t know how you can be an openly gay person and work for this administration and look at yourself in the mirror every morning.

Huh. That’s exactly what we wonder about you, Mr. Sullivan, especially when you say things like:

All I can do — part of what this book is about — it was really prompted partly by my own frustration at the Republican Party, but it was also directed at a criticism of my own certainty before the war. It really shook me, that I had bought hook, line and sinker this entire certain ideology. I realized if I had stuck to my principles I would have been more skeptical, and I regret that. I think, and the only way I can explain that, and it’s not excusing it, is the shock of 9/11 and the fear of the unknown. If you look back, it’s easy to say that we shouldn’t have been afraid of a possible attack with WMDs, but that distorted my judgment. This book is an attempt to atone for that and to ask the deeper questions about why I made the wrong judgment.

Sure, Sullivan admits his mistake, but we can’t imagine he doesn’t love the drama. Fuck, he’s certainly done a great job turning it into a book: a book that will, no doubt, make him buckets of money.

That will ease his sorrows, we’re sure.