Instapundit Drills Andrew Sullivan
Instapundit finds me “consistently, pompously, and annoyingly moralistic and irritatingly unspecific” on the question of torture. I’m sorry about that. But I can promise him my position had nothing to do with “brand differentiation,” as he calls it. Believe it or not, opposing torture was and is a deep principle of mine, sincerely held, and I think the record shows I blog according to what I think, even if it loses me readers and alienates people who would otherwise be allies. I’m sorry that Glenn, over the last year and half, said he opposed torture but did nothing to help stop it. In fact, he did much to excuse and ignore it or look the other way, as well as denigrating or condescending to those of us who fought against it. He even argued that vocally opposing torture would only help legalize it, because most Americans were in favor. Mercifully, the American people, as represented in the Congress, have proven him wrong. He lacked faith in American decency. Some of us didn’t.
I don’t always agree with Sullivan, and that’s why I like reading him so much: he forces me to really consider the entire issue. But when I’ve consistently read Glenn Reynolds, I find that he rather vaguely links to highly partisan points of view that only force both parties further apart.
Consider me disappointed. Maybe Reynolds is a lot more partisan than I had first believed…